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Putin orders daily 'humanitarian corridor' in Eastern Ghouta

Putin orders daily 'humanitarian corridor' in Eastern Ghouta
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The Russian president orders a "humanitarian corridor" in eastern Ghouta. Starting on Tuesday it will operate daily between 09:00 and 14:00 local time.

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Russian President Valdimir Putin has ordered the creation of humanitarian corridor in Syria's Eastern Ghouta enclave. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said location details would be released soon.

The rebel-held area has been under intense bombardment by Syrian government forces for over a week.

At the weekend, the United Nations security council voted unanimously for the implementation of a month-long ceasefire to begin "without delay".

The violence has continued unabated, however, with tens of civilians reported killed since then, and onlookers frustrated by the UN's inability to back-up its resolution.

Syrian President Assad's regime is backed by the Russians, who therefore have the power to enforce the ceasefire, which it is hoped will offer a brief period of respite to civilians between 9 am and 2pm each day.

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