ICRC Chief Says Trusts Reports About Crimes of Militants in Syria's E Ghouta

© REUTERS / Bassam KhabiehPeople are seen in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria March 9, 2018
People are seen in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria March 9, 2018 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), said on Monday that he has no reason to put into question the reports of people, who have fled the Syrian Eastern Ghouta, about the crimes committed in the area by militants.

"I have no reason to doubt the stories that you hear from people. These stories are full of contradictions, but most likely true, all of them at the core. And that means that probably indiscriminate bombing and shelling takes place, probably manipulations with humanitarian assistance and distribution takes place, probably hostage taking and human shield policies take place. All this happen at the same time," Maurer said, answering a question about the credibility of the stories of people, who report about violations of humanitarian law by insurgents in Eastern Ghouta, a major militant foothold near the Syrian capital of Damascus.

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View on the Ground: Thousands of Civilians Leaving Eastern Ghouta
He added that "the size of destruction though, and eyewitnesses, suggest that we have seen an enormous amount of violence and bombardments and rocket launching going on which is by and large indiscriminate". 

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"I have always highlighted that in terms of violations we're not concerned only by bombardments, which by definition are most of the time by airplane, but we are as well concerned by rockets, which are indiscriminately thrown into civilian areas (…)", — the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

The situation in Eastern Ghouta has been tense over the past weeks resulting from the ongoing shelling of Damascus by local militants and the Syrian pro-government forces firing on the militants. Residents of Syria’s Eastern Ghouta who left the region on March 15 said that they did not see any signs of chemical weapons use.

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Damascus says that it opens fire in response to shelling from Eastern Ghouta while Western countries are accusing the Syrian government and Russia of being responsible for the escalation of tensions in the area.

On Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Syrian reconciliation said that over 73,000 civilians had left Eastern Ghouta since the opening of humanitarian corridors. Since Monday morning, over 6,000 people have left Eastern Ghouta and the process is ongoing.

© AFP 2022 / LOUAI BESHARASyrians civilians evacuated from the Eastern Ghouta enclave pass with belongings through the regime-controlled corridor opened by government forces in Hawsh al-Ashaari, east of the enclave town of Hamouria on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 15, 2018
Syrians civilians evacuated from the Eastern Ghouta enclave pass with belongings through the regime-controlled corridor opened by government forces in Hawsh al-Ashaari, east of the enclave town of Hamouria on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 15, 2018 - Sputnik International
Syrians civilians evacuated from the Eastern Ghouta enclave pass with belongings through the regime-controlled corridor opened by government forces in Hawsh al-Ashaari, east of the enclave town of Hamouria on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 15, 2018
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