Buses in Syria's Eastern Ghouta for more evacuations

Buses in Syria's Eastern Ghouta for more evacuations

Buses in Syria's Eastern Ghouta for more evacuations

Iyad Abdelaziz was quoted as saying by The Associated Press news agency on Sunday that there was no agreement reached to have the Jaish al-Islam rebel group leave Douma for north Syria and hand over the town to government forces.

The pull-outs came under a deal announced on Friday between regime backer Russian Federation and rebel group Jaish Al Islam, which controls Douma. "There are divisions among the Jaish al-Islam group on their leaving but we are continuing preparations", the military source said.

The most powerful Syrian rebel faction on the fringes of Damascus began abandoning its stronghold in the once rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta on Monday.

Hamza Berakdar, spokesperson for Jaish al-Islam, said on Saturday that the armed opposition in Douma refused to leave in what he called a forced displacement. There was no comment from the Army of Islam.

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Also on Sunday, Hezbollah media said that an agreement had been reached with the rebel group to evacuate fighters to Jarablus, a town in northern Syria near the border with Turkey.

In April 2017, under a deal sponsored by regime ally Iran and rebel backer Qatar, almost 11,000 people leave four besieged areas. 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 have said that over 100,000 civilians were trapped inside Douma, which suffered devastating damage.

After President Bashar al-Assad's forces recaptured most of Eastern Ghouta, the forces discovered an underground network of tunnels formerly held by the rebel forces.

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Al Jazeera's Osama Bin Javaid, reporting from Ankara, said that after the meeting the three leaders expressed their increasing hope for peaceful solution in the Syrian crisis in light of the achievements produced by their trilateral dialogue.

The government lost control of Douma, the largest urban centre in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, in the early phase of Syria's civil war, now in its eighth year. Russian Federation is a key backer of the Syrian government.

Meanwhile, the Russian peace and reconciliation center in Syria announced on Sunday that militants from Faylaq al-Rahman terror group have completely withdrawn from Eastern Ghouta.

The regime assault on Eastern Ghouta since mid-February has killed more than 1,600 civilians and caused tens of thousands to flee into regime-held territory.

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