Militants started mortar fire at the Syrian government troops near a humanitarian corridor in Muhayam-al-Wafedin settlement in Eastern Ghouta. 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 MoD announced that a new daily humanitarian pause in Eastern Ghouta would start on Tuesday from 09:00 until 14:00. 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 military sources, after shelling exists from Eastern Ghouta, preventing civilians from leaving, the militants started a new offensive against the Syrian government troops.
The humanitarian pause in Eastern Ghouta comes in line with the UN Security Council’s Saturday resolution 2401, calling on all parties to the conflict to promptly stop all clashes and adhere to a long-term humanitarian pause across the whole territory of Syria in order to guarantee the safe and unhindered supply of humanitarian aid as well as the medical evacuation of those injured.
Earlier, the Russian MoD spokesperson said that terrorist groups were trying to undermine the ceasefire, attempting to provoke a backlash from the Syrian army.