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FIRST BATCH OF 5,000 SYRIANS EVACUATING BESIEGED DARAYA

DARAYA, Syria - The first batch of Syrians started to leave the besieged town of Daraya, under the new deal, which allows evacuation of rebel fighters and civilians.

Military vehicles were waiting to escort the busses filled with residents, out of the city, whose landscape is similar to those in the movies depicting the Armageddon, or the doom's day.

Ambulances, as well as, convoys from the Syrian Red Crescent were waiting at a government-held area of the town, to evacuate 4,000 civilians and some 700 rebels.

A military source told Xinhua that, the first stage of evacuation has been completed on Friday, with 10 busses leaving the town, five of which transporting 270 armed rebels and their families, and heading towards the north-western province of Idlib.

Another five busses transported civilians only, to displacement shelters in the town of Hirjalleh, in the southern countryside of Damascus, the source added, on condition of anonymity.

Preparations started Friday morning for the evacuation, which will be in batches and expected to last four days, sources said.

The evacuation is part of a deal reached on Thursday, between the armed rebels and the government army, which allows over 4,000 civilians to be evacuated, to displacement shelters in government-controlled areas.

Meanwhile, 700 rebels will hand over their heavy and medium weapons, and move to Idlib, a stronghold for the rebels' Jaish al-Fateh, or the Army of Conquest, state news agency SANA reported.

The rebels, who don't want to evacuate, can stay inside the town, after settling their criminal records with the government, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor group said.

Civilians who want to stay will be provided with medical aid, the Observatory said.

Calm prevails in the town after the deal was concluded, source familiar with the situation said.

Daraya has been out of the government control since 2012, but was later put under a tight siege by the Syrian government forces.

Source: Nam News Network