The Syrian leader vowed to continue the operation in eastern Ghouta, underlining its importance in the fight against terrorism. He said that it would be conducted in parallel with work on allowing civilians to leave the area.
“We will continue to fight terrorism… And the Ghouta operation is a continuation of the fight against terrorism,” Syrian President Bashar Assad said in broadcast comments to journalists. “There is no contradiction between a truce and combat operations. The progress achieved yesterday and the day before in Ghouta by the Syrian Arab Army was made during this truce.”
“Therefore we must continue with the operation in parallel with opening the way for civilians to leave.” An “overwhelming majority” of the civilian population in eastern Ghouta “wants to break out from terrorists’ hands,” Assad said.