Militants have opened mortar fire at the Syrian government troops near a humanitarian corridor in Muhayam-al-Wafedin settlement in Eastern Ghouta, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
According to the statement by the Russian Reconciliation Center, about 300 civilians were trapped in Eastern Ghouta, unable to leave due to the shelling.
After 9.00 a.m. Damascus time (07:00 GMT), when the “humanitarian pause” started, militants continued attacking the Syrian army, who, jointly with the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation, prepared the humanitarian corridor for the exit of civilians from Eastern Ghouta.
On Monday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that a new daily humanitarian pause in Eastern Ghouta would start on Tuesday from 09:00 until 14:00, following the relevant order of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
However, the first day of the truce was hindered by the attacks of militants, with the Syrian army not responding to provocations. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, after shelling exists from Eastern Ghouta, preventing civilians from leaving, the militants started a new offensive against the Syrian government troops.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said that terrorist groups were trying to undermine the ceasefire, attempting to provoke a backlash from the Syrian army.