[ Editor’s Note: A wrinkle has emerged in the Ghouta refugee story not mentioned below, but has been in earlier stories, that the 400,000 figure may have been pumped up as it theoretically was presented as a large number of supporters of the “civil war” segment in the Damascus suburbs.
An earlier story from the Russian military posed that there may not be near that many. From the overhead map shots the building concentrated areas do look like they could hold another 300,000, but for one problem.
The 70% territory figure is not important, but what percentage of the population has been liberated. And there is no way anybody knows as after five years of conflict many have already left, tending to leave those behind that did not have the resources to leave.
All will be known in the end, and I would like to say that would initiate a “reckoning” with the State level official liars. But we have had much revealed already with virtually no public blow-back, the worst being the proven US backing of terrorists in Syria.
As you watch the video of these people leaving, especially the low to the ground angle shot, notice how few are carrying bags for even one change of clothing, or personal things. Many have nothing but the clothes on their backs. This is the reality of the US fake claim to be spreading freedom and democracy … Jim W. Dean ]
The Syrian Army continues its military operation in the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, where at least 70 percent of the territory has already been liberated from terrorists amid the ongoing evacuation of civilians.
Russia’s UN envoy Vasily Nebenzia described the video as a “documentary in its true colors” which he said “depicts a real picture of what has taken place in these Damascus suburbs.”
The Syrian Army has already liberated at least 70 percent of the territory of Eastern Ghouta, which has been controlled by armed anti-government groups including the al-Nusra Front* since 2012.
Almost 50,000 civilians have been evacuated from the area in the past several days; about 300,000 more are still held by the terrorists.