Syria declares Yarmouk camp evacuation agreement

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The Syrian authorities has reached an evacuation tackle fighters from Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) to leave the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus.

The legitimate SANA news company presented on Monday that the fighters and their households, numbering about 5,000, will be evacuated in two stages, the first of which would peep 1,500 folk transported to the rebellion-controlled Idlib province in northwestern Syria.

The deal is piece of a noteworthy broader agreement between HTS, previously al-Nusra Entrance, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, and President Bashar al-Assad’s authorities to resign heavy and medium militia hardware.

Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, reporting from Beirut, acknowledged the rebellion neighborhood had to envisage to authorities demands of releasing prisoners and allowing thousands of Syrians from the besieged loyalist towns of Kefraya and Foua to head for presidency-controlled territory.

‘Females, childhood and elderly’

SANA reported that these encompass eighty five prisoners, « mostly females, childhood and elderly », from the rebellion-controlled metropolis of Eshtabraq.

« Pro-authorities forces have long wished to utterly evacuate the predominately Shia towns because that might whisper the rebels the skill to stress Damascus by threatening to aim them, » she acknowledged.


Buses to transport the rebels and their kinfolk have already begun gathering around Yarmouk discontinuance to tiring evening, local news media reported.

Khodr acknowledged this changed into the fourth such agreement in contemporary weeks and constituted any other critical desire for presidency forces and their allies.

« Rebels have already surrendered Jap Ghouta, which changed into their critical stronghold discontinuance to the capital, and a pocket of territory within the Qalamoun situation, northeast of Damascus, » she acknowledged.

« In a pair of days, rebellion factions linked to the Free Syrian Military are expected helpful over the districts of Babbila, Beit Sahm and Yalda in southern Damascus in explain to stave off a militia operation ».

Nonetheless, this falls looking out securing the full lot of southern Damascus, with a pair of pockets of territory silent beneath adjust of the Islamic Impart of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, customarily identified as ISIS) neighborhood.

Authorities forces had been smitten by a two-week-long offensive to recapture the territory, but ISIL devices have place up fierce resistance in areas the build heavy weapons have proven to be of tiny use.

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