The Russian military said militants based in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta have imposed a curfew.

Militants in Eastern Ghouta of Syria have imposed a curfew in areas under their control to prevent civilians from leaving through a humanitarian corridor while a truce is in place.

Militants in Eastern Ghouta have also banned mass gatherings of civilians. 

On Saturday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Syria’s Ambassador to Moscow Riyad Haddad discussed the ceasefire and its violation by the militants and their shelling of Damascus. 

The Syrian government and Russia said terrorists fired 65 mortar shells at the capital and its surroundings in the day.

Terrorists are using Eastern Ghouta as a launchpad for near-daily attacks on the capital.

The Syrian army is currently in the midst of an operation to drive them out of the enclave, but it is facing a hostile West which is threatening airstrikes to stop the push. 

Western leaders were quick to point the finger at the Syrian government after reports of chlorine release in Eastern Ghouta last week.   

The Damascus government has sent scores of letters to the UN secretary-general, various chairmen of the UN Security Council and the 1540 Committee, complaining about the facilities provided by certain countries supporting terrorism particularly Saudi Arabia to terrorists to gain access to chemical weapons.

These weapons have been used against civilians and the Syrian army in Khan al-Assal and eastern Ghouta.