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TWO REBEL GROUPS START WEAPON WITHDRAWAL FROM PLANNED DEMILITARISED ZONE IN NORTHERN SYRIA

DAMASCUS, Syria, Two rebel groups started withdrawing heavy weapons from the planned demilitarised zone, in northern Syria, a war monitor reported.

The Turkey-backed Failaq al-Sham and the "Idlib Army" started withdrawing heavy mortar launchers from the eastern and south-eastern countryside of the town of Marat al-Numan, in the north-western province of Idlib, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

On Sept 30, Turkey and Russia agreed to set up a demilitarised zone in north-western Syria, by Oct 15 between the Syrian forces and the rebel groups. The demilitarised zone is planned to be established in areas between Aleppo, the north-eastern countryside of Latakia Province, and Idlib.

The rebels will have to withdraw heavy weapons from the planned area, with the Turkish and Russian forces patrolling the demilitarised zone.

Idlib is the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.

The Syrian army was planning to launch a wide-scale offensive, to retake Idlib, as well as, rebel-held pockets in the northern countryside of Hama, the north-eastern countryside of Latakia and the western countryside of Aleppo.

While the Turkish-backed rebels have started withdrawing some heavy weapons from the planned demilitarised zone, the al-Qaeda linked groups have expressed rejection to the deal.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK