TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – More than 20,000 people have left Syria’s Eastern Ghouta via the town of Hammouriyeh so far on Sunday, the Interfax news agency reported, citing the Centre for Reconciliation in Syria, a body run by Russia’s defense ministry.

Since humanitarian corridors were set up in the area, more than 68,000 people have left the Eastern Ghouta, the center said.

Russia has set up the passageways with Syria’s help to contribute to a United Nations Security Council resolution that came into force last month mandating a ceasefire in the Arab country.

Syria and Russia have cornered foreign-backed militants in the countryside as part of their campaign to liberate civilians holed up there and end militant attacks from the suburb of Damascus. 

During their advances in the area, Syrian forces have uncovered workshops used to make chemical weapons. The Syrian military has also intercepted several arms and ammunition cargoes heading to Eastern Ghouta.

Eastern Ghouta, a besieged area on the outskirts of Damascus with some 400,000 people, has witnessed deadly violence over the past few weeks, as Takfiri terrorist outfits have launched mortar attacks on the Syrian capital in the face of an imminent humiliating defeat.

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