Russian Federation says evacuation from Syria's eastern Ghouta to end within days

Adjust Comment Print

Separately, in Duma, one of the biggest districts in Eastern Ghouta, 89 injured and sick people were also evacuated.

The last Syrian rebel group in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, has begun withdrawing under an agreement with the government, state media report.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based Syrian war monitor, said that Jaish Al Islam and the Syrian government agreed on a settlement to secure those who wish to stay in Douma, allow the evacuation of those who want to leave, surrender heavy artillery to the Syrian regime and allow police to be deployed in the city.

Jaish al-Islam, which has been defending the eastern Ghouta town of Douma against a ferocious onslaught by Russian-backed Syrian government forces, has not confirmed the agreement with the government. Evacuations should be voluntary but in some cases might not have been, he added.

Meanwhile, jihadist groups, rebels and their families relocated out of the Eastern Ghouta area and into other rebel-held areas. Since 2016, the area had been controlled by the Jabhat al-Nusra (outlawed in Russia) and Jaysh al-Islam terror organizations, as well as the Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Ra·man and Fajr al-Umma groups linked to them. "Those who want to leave should leave", Essam al-Buidani says in the video, although it was unclear when it was filmed.

Later on the same day, the head of Jaish al-Islam's political office, Yaser Dilwan, said that negotiations were ongoing and seemed optimistic, but did not offer any details other than to say that different options were suggested.

Trump to send military to guard Mexico border
He said he would be meeting with Mattis and other security officials to discuss the issue soon. But Trump did not elaborate on the plan when asked at a press conference two hours later.

"The armed forces' formations, aided by allied forces, wrapped up military operations in Damascus Countryside's Eastern Ghouta, with full control established all over its cities and towns", said the statement.

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

An estimated 140,000 people remain inside Douma, with limited access to food, water and medical supplies.

During the meeting, the Russian and Syrian government delegations called on the rebels to hand over their weapons to the Syrian government, leave the area or face war.

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

The rebels and their families are taken to Idlib.

Comments