Damascus, rebels coordinate to let 1,800 civilians flee siege


The Daily Star Lebanon
October 29, 2013

A rare moment of coordination between the Syrian government and rebels enabled 1,800 civilians to flee a besieged town on the edge of Damascus on Tuesday, but thousands remain trapped with little food, water or medicine.

A source in the Ministry for Social Affairs said the evacuation from Mouadamiya had gone ahead with the help of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and some civil groups.

“I was living in terror and now I am free and safe with the army, thank God,” a resident of Mouadamiya told a Reuters reporter on condition of anonymity. “There is no food or water. We got out with a new spirit now.”

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