On March 20, militants in the village of Ein Tarma in Eastern Ghouta, which is controlled by Faylaq al-Rahman (the al-Rahman Corps), launched rockets at the Kashkoul market in Jaramana, a suburb of Damascus with a mostly Christian and Druze population. According to the latest information, 37 people have been killed and another 35 wounded.

The Russian Centre for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides has reported that four attacks on Damascus originated from Eastern Ghouta that day. Four civilians were killed and two wounded in the Mezzeh municipality.

Moscow strongly condemns these heinous terrorist attacks as a link in the long chain of provocations aimed at disrupting the nascent positive trends in Eastern Ghouta and the rest of Syria. They are also evidence of the extremists’ stubborn disregard for the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2401.

In this context, any attempts to prevent the Syrian government army from eliminating the terrorist strongholds in Eastern Ghouta can be interpreted as the tacit encouragement of terrorists. Obviously, Syria does not need a situation where the terrorists have a free hand, but rather resolute progress towards restoring peace and unity in Syria through a political settlement based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and the decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi.