TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Syrian forces are facilitating the evacuation of thousands of civilians from Syria's Eastern Ghouta.

Syria's ambassador to the UN said over 40,000 civilians left Eastern Ghouta recently via a new security corridor opened by the government in the city of Hamouria.

Speaking at the UN Security Council on Friday, Bashar Ja'afari said following the liberation of Hamouria on Thursday, the government was assisting the evacuation of civilians “who were taken as human shields by terrorist groups.”

The Syrian army and its allies have managed to wrest control of more than 70 percent of the Eastern Ghouta district near Damascus, the Arab country’s army said on Saturday.