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    ICRC, Red Crescent Start Evacuating People From Eastern Ghouta to Damascus

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    The ICRC Syria announced the evacuation of critical medical cases from the region on the northeastern outskirts of the Syrian capital city of Damascus.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent in Syria started to evacuate critical medical cases from Eastern Ghouta to Damascus, the ICRC Syria said on Wednesday.

    "Tonight the @SYRedCrescent with @ICRC team started the evacuation of critical medical cases from #EasternGhouta to #Damascus," the ICRC Syria wrote on its Twitter page.

    The militant-held Eastern Ghouta region has been under siege since 2013. In late November, Russia brokered a two-day truce between Syrian government forces and opposition and militant groups in the area. The ceasefire has been extended since then. The region is also one of the four de-escalation zones created during the Astana talks on Syrian reconciliation.

    Earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara and Moscow were discussing the evacuation of some 500 civilians  including 170 children and women from the besieged Damascus suburb.

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