Last Syrian Rebel Group Starts Leaving Ghouta

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

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

Earlier in the day, the center reported that a total of 153,140 people, including over 40,000 militants and their family members, had been evacuated from various areas of Eastern Ghouta in the course of an eight-day operation.

Under the deal, Syrian state media said Jaish Al Islam would hand over heavy and medium-sized weapons and acknowledge the restoration of the Damascus government's control of Douma. "There are divisions among the Jaish al-Islam group on their leaving but we are continuing preparations", the military source said.

More than 45,000 rebels and their families have been evacuated from eastern Ghouta since March 22 to be relocated in Idlib, according to Syrian authorities.

It was not immediate possible to confirm the details of the deal and there was no comment from the Army of Islam.

Syrian government forces backed by Russian Federation have recaptured almost all of eastern Ghouta, which was the last major rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus, in a ferocious assault that began in February, marking a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad.

The deal struck between the group and the Russian military marks the end of a weeks-long push by the Syrian government to consolidate its control of the suburbs. The security services responded by putting the town and other suburbs around Damascus under siege, bombing hospitals and residential areas, and blocking food and medical relief.

Local activists say over 100,000 civilians are trapped inside Douma, which suffered devastating damage during the latest government assault.

The rebels were headed to Jarablus, a town in northern Syria where control of the territory is shared between Syrian rebels and Turkish forces.

"The joint investigation mechanism that emerged from UN resolution 2235 proves that Syrian regime forces have used chemical weapons at least three times while it was still investigating other incidents before Russian Federation ended its mission using its veto in the UN Security Council" the report said.

Syria s war has killed more than 350,000 people and displaced millions since starting in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

The Syrian pound has appreciated around 10 per cent against the United States dollar in recent days, as rebel fighters quit their final stronghold of Eastern Ghouta on the edges of the capital.

Since Feb. 19, more than 1,400 people have been killed in attacks by the regime and its allies in Eastern Ghouta, according to local civil defense sources.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.