"As a result of this engagement, a tenuous, fragile ceasefire between the Government, the Russian military and Jaish al Islam forces has continued to largely hold, for six days now", he said, noting however that this is only one part of Eastern Ghouta, and it is not being replicated in the rest of that area.
It marked the first time such large crowds of people fled the enclave since the government launched a fierce offensive to recapture it almost a month ago.
On Thursday, a joint convoy of food supplies for some 26,000 people entered Douma, the largest town in Ghouta and part of a separate rebel-controlled pocket.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the town was hit with cluster munitions, napalm-like incendiary weapons, as well as conventional explosives.
Eastern Ghouta, a suburb on the edge of the capital, is one of the last major rebel-held areas in Syria.
Thousands of people left eastern Ghouta on Saturday alone as government forces stepped up an offensive on the rebel enclave, according to Syrian and Russian officials.
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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says regime strikes killed over 30 civilians in eastern Ghouta's Zamalka town as people were preparing to flee the enclave. They have accused the factions of preventing residents from leaving, which the fighters deny.
"What I can tell you also from [Thursday].is many people want to go out", said the official, who spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity. Turkish air and artillery strikes rained down overnight and in recent days, driving tens of thousands out of the main town, Kurdish authorities and the Observatory have said.
The Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations claimed Friday the number could be as high as 40,000, but CNN cannot confirm that figure.
Hamad said militants in Ghouta had fired at his brother, killing him and injuring his sons, for trying to get out.
Syria's war has killed more than 350,000 people and displaced millions since it broke out in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests. Ankara sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdish PKK which has waged a decades-long insurgency inside Turkey. The Turkish military denied on Saturday it had struck a hospital in Afrin, and added it was waging the campaign in a way that would not hurt civilians. The Observatory said 16 people were killed in the hospital including two pregnant women.
Rezan Heddo, a YPG media adviser, and state TV, said people arriving in the nearby towns of Nubul and Zahraa, under government control, received some aid.