DAESH evacuation from Syria’s Damascus is suspended

Following death of top Syrian opposition leader, agreement between regime and DAESH to evacuate southern suburbs of capital Damascus is suspended

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A screenshot took from a footage by Hezbollah TV showing buses which are supposed to ship DAESH from Damascus to Raqqa.

Updated Dec 27, 2015

The deal to evacuate DAESH terrorists from Syrian capital of Damascus has been put on a hold after the death of a senior opposition commander of Jaish al Islam in a Russian air strike on Friday.

Around 2000 DAESH evacuees were expected to leave from in and around Yarmuk camp in southern suburbs of the capital Damascus, as a Hezbollah TV station said on Friday. But the buses which were supposed to move the terrorists and their families went back.

The delay is due to security issues and the death of Zaharn Alloush the leader of Jaysh al Islam, who was killed by Russian air strikes on Friday on Easter Ghouta, suburbs of Damascus, while holding a meeting with other leaders of the group.

A source told the Associated France Press that "Jaish al Islam was supposed to provide safe passage through areas east of Damascus for the buses heading to Raqqa [the stronghold of DAESH in Syria]."

"About 1,200 people were supposed to leave today (Saturday), but the death of Zahran Alloush means we are back to square one," he said.

The source said that the buses standing by to transfer the evacuees had left empty and "the plan was on hold until Jaish al Islam reorganises itself."

The Syrian state media said on Thursday that the first round of DAESH terrorists have started to make their move away from the Al Qadam neighbourhood to an undisclosed area due to an agreement signed between the Syrian regime and DAESH terrorists to evacuate the southern suburbs of Damascus with their families.  

DAESH has had a significant foothold in Hajar al Aswad, a suburb of Damascus, but they were blocked between pro-regime forces and opposition groups.

Pro-regime media stated that the deal includes the terrorists taking their personal weapons with them and that regime forces was supposed to take control of the areas they’re evacuated from.

The terrorist group, DAESH, is controlling swathes of land that starts from western Iraqi territories to north-eastern Syria, where the group has proclaimed the establishment of a state in a territory under its control, claiming the city of Raqqa as their capital.

Recently, several local ceasefires and safe-passage agreements have been concluded in other hot areas in Syria. One was in the town of Zabadani on the Lebanese border and in two villages in Idlib province.

Homs province has also reached an agreement to have rebel members and their families to leave the besieged area in the last rebel-held district of Waer.

The UN said that the agreement in Damascus could help pave the way for a truce all over the country, ending the war that started in 2011 and claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people.

TRTWorld and agencies