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World New deal for rebel exit from Syrian town: state media

15:49  17 april  2018
15:49  17 april  2018 Source:   afp.com

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Syrian state media reported Tuesday that rebels from the Jaish al-Islam faction would quit another town east of Damascus, just days after evacuating their main bastion outside the capital. State news agency SANA said a new deal had been inked for the rebels to exit the town of Dumayr

Syrian state media reported Tuesday that rebels from the Jaish al-Islam faction would quit another town east of Damascus, just days after evacuating their main bastion outside the capital. State news agency SANA said a new deal had been inked for the rebels to exit the town of Dumayr

A Syrian man looks on as buses with Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families arrive at a checkpoint near the Syrian town of al-Bab in the northern Aleppo province on April 14. © NAZEER AL-KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images A Syrian man looks on as buses with Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families arrive at a checkpoint near the Syrian town of al-Bab in the northern Aleppo province on April 14. Syrian state media reported on Tuesday that rebels from the Jaish al-Islam faction would quit another town east of Damascus, just days after evacuating their main bastion outside the capital.

State news agency SANA said a new deal had been inked for the rebels to exit the town of Dumayr, around 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus.

Jaish al-Islam had maintained control over the town since 2016 under a "reconciliation" agreement with regime forces, whereby they would not fire at each other.

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Damascus, Apr 17 Syrian state media today reported that rebels from the Jaish al-Islam faction would quit another town east of Damascus, just days after evacuating their main bastion outside the capital. State news agency SANA said a new deal had been inked for the rebels to exit the town of Dumayr

Syrian state media reported Tuesday that rebels from the Jaish al-Islam faction would quit another town east of Damascus, just days after State news agency SANA said a new deal had been inked for the rebels to exit the town of Dumayr, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Damascus.

But the new deal, SANA reported, "provides for the departure of around 1,000 terrorists from Jaish al-Islam to Jarabulus," a rebel-controlled northern town.

Rebels had already begun handing over heavy weapons as part of the agreement, it said. Jaish al-Islam has not commented on the deal.

It comes three days after Jaish al-Islam evacuated the last opposition-held town in the onetime rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta. Their departure paved the way for the Syrian army to declare its full control over Ghouta, after a ferocious two-month military assault on the enclave. The offensive ended with a trio of evacuation deals that saw tens of thousands of rebels and civilians bussed up to northern Syria.

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State television and Syrian newspapers said information indicated that, under the deal , the Deal sealed to evacuate Douma rebels to northern Syria : Hezbollah media unit. Rebels are seen in a bus as they are evacuated from the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria April 1, 2018.

A military media unit run by the government’s Lebanese ally Hezbollah, a Syrian state television correspondent and the Observatory said rebels in Bosra al-Sham had started to hand over their weapons.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said Tuesday that government forces were keen to clear out the armed opposition from any territory near Damascus.

"Regime forces, after taking all of Eastern Ghouta, want to finish off the rest of the rebel fighters around the capital so they can secure it," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman. "This is why they're replacing the reconciliation deals with evacuation agreements," he told AFP.

Similar rebel departures were being negotiated for other nearby towns and for areas south of Damascus including Yalda, Beit Saham, and Babila, the Observatory said.

Meanwhile, government forces were preparing an assault on neighborhoods in southern Damascus held by the Islamic State group.

The Observatory said Tuesday that regime forces had fired dozens of shells and rockets onto the areas overnight and that IS had retaliated with shelling on Damascus that left one child dead.

Inspectors arrive at suspected Syrian chemical attack sites in Douma: Russia .
Inspectors from the world's chemical arms watchdog arrived Saturday in the Syrian town of Douma, where an alleged chemical attack took place earlier this month, the Russian foreign ministry said. A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have been in Syria for a week but had not travelled to the city because of security fears."According to the information we have, the special OPCW mission... arrived on the morning of April 21 in the city of Douma at the sites suspected of having toxic substances," the ministry said in a statement.

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