LAST REBEL GROUP STARTS LEAVING SYRIA’S EASTERN GHOUTA

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DAMASCUS, Syria, A total of 484 militants of the Islam Army and their families, started getting on buses that will transfer them from Douma in Eastern Ghouta, towards rebel-held Jarablus city.

Eight buses transporting the rebels left Douma and reached the crossing of Wafideen, north-east of Damascus, waiting for more rebels to leave, so that the first convoy of Islam Army rebels can set off to Jarablus, in the northern countryside of Aleppo province, near the Turkish border.

The evacuation of the rebels and their families from Douma comes, a day after a deal was reached between the Islam Army militants and the Syrian army, under the mediation of Russia.

Douma is the last rebel-held area in Eastern Ghouta, after other towns in that sprawling countryside have seen the evacuation of all the rebels and their families, towards Idlib province, in north-western Syria.

According to the deal reached a day earlier, the Islam Army will hand over their heavy and medium weaponry, and a work group will be formed under a Russian leadership, to supervise the release of kidnapped soldiers and civilians, in the prisons of the Islam Army.

Russian military police will enter the district to "assure" the civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

This deal was reached after marathon negotiations, as the Islam Army would be the last rebel group to leave Eastern Ghouta, after 43,000 rebels and their families left other areas in Eastern Ghouta, since last week.

The Syrian army launched a massive operation late in Feb, on the rebels in Eastern Ghouta and secured the evacuation of 150,000 civilians, who were hosted in government-run shelters, until the situation settles in their areas in Eastern Ghouta.

Source: Nam News Network