The first batch of fighters from Jaish al Islam are being transported to Jarablus from the town of Douma as part of an evacuation deal, leaving behind only undecided hardline fighters, regime media and a war monitor say.
According to a Russian military official, a preliminary agreement has been reached on the evacuation of Jaish al Islam rebels from Douma, but an opposition official denies this. Meanwhile, members of another rebel group agreed to leave the enclave.
Jaish al Islam opposition group will put down heavy weapons and leave Douma town of the besieged enclave for northern Syria, according to regime media reports.
Residents of eastern Ghouta were trapped for five years, but now they’re forced to leave. This is what they had to say before leaving their homes.
As a mass evacuation continues from eastern Ghouta to Idlib under a Russian-brokered deal also guaranteed safety for remaining civilians, medics who have been systematically attacked in hospitals have no option but to leave.
Buses carrying opposition fighters, their relatives, and other civilians began arriving at a transit point in northwestern Syria around dawn on Wednesday, after travelling all night from Ghouta.
Douma in eastern Ghouta now has a population of around 200,000 people, with people displaced from other devastated districts facing a renewed blitz by the regime on the enclave’s last rebel-held area.
In the early hours of Tuesday more than 6,700 people left the opposition-held eastern Ghouta near Damascus as the regime still threatens to bomb the area.
Syrian rebel faction Jaish al Islam denies Russian statement that said they expect to reach an agreement on the group’s exit from the last rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta.
Another convoy of vehicles carrying civilians and opposition fighters from the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta arrived in Hama province in west-central Syria on Sunday.
Eastern Ghouta was the opposition's final stronghold on the edge of Damascus, but beleaguered opposition groups are now left with less than 10 percent of their one-time bastion.
Faylaq al Rahman, the second largest rebel group in eastern Ghouta, has agreed to withdraw from the besieged enclave, says a war monitor and the regime media. The deal provides for the transfer of nearly 7,000 people, fighters and their families.
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