“As ordered by the Russian president, a daily humanitarian pause from 09:00 to 14:00 (local time) is being introduced starting February 27 to avoid civilian casualties in East Ghouta,” the ministry said in a statement. It also said that a special humanitarian corridor would be established for the civilians to leave the area. Coordinates for the corridor have already been prepared, the ministry added.
The Russian military then suggested introducing similar measures for some other Syrian regions that remain “hotspots of tensions.” They particularly said that another humanitarian corridor could be created for the refugees, who are currently living in the Rukban camp near the town of Al-Tanf, which is controlled by the US-led coalition. Such measure would allow the people to “freely return to their homes and to peaceful life,” the statement notes.
The Syrian city of Raqqa, which once was the de facto capital of Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL), also still suffers from a dire humanitarian situation following its liberation by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) backed by the US-led coalition, the Russian ministry said as it called for the creation of a special humanitarian commission under the auspices of the UN to assess the situation on the ground.