The statement about the thousands of people fleeing from liberated Deir ez-Zor “to the North” in Mayadin is incorrect, as this city is located in the South
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– The Russian defense Ministry commented on the recent statements of the commander of the special operations forces of the international coalition of major-General James Gerrard about the situation in the East of Syria.
“The desire to wishful thinking in Syria, at the absolute possession of the real situation “on the ground” in most representatives of the US-led international coalition. However the commander of the special operations Forces of the international coalition General Gerrard recently surpassed his fantasies about what is happening in Eastern Syria all the colleagues”, said the official representative of Russian defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov.
“Anyway, commander of the MTR of the coalition and it was weird to hear the geographical absurdity of the alleged fleeing from liberated from ISIS Deir ez-Zor “thousands of Arabs” towards Medina (to the South). But to emphasize that people go “not to the South, inhabited by Arabs, and to the North.” Specifically for the command of the special operations Forces of the international coalition want to remind you that is located 40 kilometers South of Deir-ez-Zor city of Mayadin for more than two weeks are exempt from ISIL militants,” – said Konashenkov.
Therefore, thousands of Syrians are not “run” there from Deir-ez-Zor, and returned to their homes with humanitarian aid that is delivered by the Russian Centre of reconciliation of the warring parties and international humanitarian organizations, said Igor Konashenkov.
“With “North” in the direction of the liberation of Raqqa, wanting to escape from Deir-ez-Zor Syrians not at all. Because after the bombing of the city by the U.S.-led international coalition there and most of Raqqa,” said he.
Earlier in the briefing, the commander of the special operations Forces of the international coalition General Gerard stated that “there are hundreds of thousands of Arabs to leave the areas in the middle course of the Euphrates from Deir ez-Zor in Mayadin… They are not fleeing ISIS, they run away from the “regime”, which frees these cities”. At the same time, the General said, “people go not to the South, inhabited by Arabs, and North into the territory controlled by the “Syrian democratic forces.”
Islamic state (ISIS, ISIL) is a terrorist organization banned in Russia.