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Syria: Over 1,000 Terrorists, Family Members Evacuated from Northern, Southern Damascus



Local sources reported that more than 1,000 gunmen and their family members left the Northern and Southern countryside of Damascus for other militant-held regions, including Idlib, within the framework of an evacuation deal concluded between the Syrian Army and militants.

The sources said that 568 gunmen and 454 of their family members left Barzeh district in Northern Damascus after handing over their heavy weapons in line with the implementation of the first phase of the evacuation deal with the  army.

They added that simultaneous with the implementation of the first phase of the peace agreement with the army in Barzeh district, the first phase of the evacuation of gunmen and their family members started in the Yarmouk Palestinians Refugee Camp in the Southern countryside of Damascus.

The sources added that in line with implementation of an evacuation agreement between the army and militants in the towns of Fua’a and Kafraya in Idlib and al-Zabadani and Madhays in Western Damascus, 25 gunmen of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) along with their family members also left the Yarmouk camp in seven ambulances via Rama passageway.

In the meantime, 170 Al-Nusra gunmen and 30 of their family members will leave the camp next week in the second phase of the evacuation deal.

Local sources in Idlib reported, meantime, that ambulances of Syria’s Red Crescent entered Fua’a and Kafraya to evacuate five patients and 14 of their family members.

Local sources said on Monday that devastating advances of the Syrian Army troops in Eastern Ghouta caused terrorist groups to ask for rapid evacuation from al-Qaboun district.

The sources said that after the army soldiers destroyed several main tunnels of terrorists, liberated a number of building blocks and laid siege on al-Qaboun, the terrorist groups begged for rapid evacuation from the district.

The sources added that the terrorist front in al-Qaboun was on the verge of complete collapse after the recent advances of the army in the district.

Other sources reported that the army ceased its military operations in the neighborhood of al-Qaboun as militants agreed to surrender and negotiate an evacuation deal.

According to latest reports, the Syrian pro-government forces wee making significant advances inside the heartland of militants, forcing them to re-consider a deal that they had refused months ago.

The reports further added that the Syrian army and militants started talks in al-Qaboun to pave the ground for the evacuation of gunmen and their family members and relocate them to Idlib.

Some gunmen meantime intended to leave al-Qaboun for other regions in Eastern Ghouta.

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