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Over 105,000 civilians have fled Syria's Ghouta: state media

AFP , Saturday 24 Mar 2018
Syrian Bulldozers
This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows bulldozers removing barriers from a road in the town of Harasta, east of the capital Damascus, Syria, Saturday, March. 24, 2018, where thousands of opposition fighters and members of their families are expected to use to head to northern Syria. (Source: AP)

More than 105,000 civilians have escaped the shrinking rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Syria's capital that has been under regime attack for the past month, state news agency SANA said Saturday.

SANA, citing a military source, said that "more than 105,000 civilians... exited Eastern Ghouta so far" but did not give additional details.

State television gave the same figure for those leaving Eastern Ghouta, whose population has been estimated at 400,000, and said they had exited through "humanitarian corridors" opened by Syrian troops.

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