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14th convoy departs Eastern Ghouta amid evacuation deal

07 April 2018, 12:21 | Simon Arnold

Ghouta Falls in Syrian Regime's Clutches

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Syrian President Bashar al Assad visit the Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province Syria

A total of 2,963 militants and their families have evacuated Douma in three batches over the past few days under a deal concluded between the Islam Army and the Syrian government forces under Russia's mediation. State media has said the rebels are due to go to areas near the Turkish-Syrian border that are controlled by opposition groups.

Syrian ally Russian Federation has struck a deal with rebels in the main town of the eastern Ghouta region to allow hundreds of civilians to leave along with fighters, a group monitoring Syria's conflict said on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, Syrian troops and allied fighters from popular defense groups were deployed to Arbin, located 9 kilometers east of Damascus, after the last group of militants left the town toward militant-held areas in northern Syria.


There was no immediate comment from the Army of Islam.

Eastern Ghouta, a 105-square-km agricultural region consisting of several towns and farmlands, used to be occupied by several rebel groups, who posed the last threat to the capital by firing shells into Damascus' government-controlled neighborhoods.

Syria has been locked in a devastating conflict since early 2011 when the regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.


Local leaders say 70 percent of Raqqa's buildings are destroyed or damaged and the city is riddled with unexploded bombs, grenades, and explosive traps set by IS. Syrian forces had carried out a six-week long air and ground offensive. More than 120,000 others have fled their homes and sought safety with the government, according to Russia's military operation in Syria.

The government's key ally Russian Federation announced on Sunday that Jaysh al-Islam had agreed to an evacuation.

Elsewhere in Syria, Russian and Syrian military officers told rebels in Eastern Qalamoun, about 25 miles northeast of Damascus, they must accept regime rule or leave. They included fighters from the Faylaq al-Rahman and Ahrar al-Sham rebel groups, their families and other residents. Turkey, with support from rebels, is running its own military operations against a USA -backed Kurdish party that controls territory along the frontier.


Geneva: The UN humanitarian adviser for Syria called on Wednesday for access to the eastern Ghouta town of Douma, where he said some 80,000-150,000 civilians were "on their knees" after years of siege and fighting.



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