Syria regime bombards IS at camp near Damascus

Elias Hubbard
April 21, 2018

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor relying on sources inside Syria, said buses had entered the East Qalamun area after the deal was reached between the rebels and the Russia-backed regime.

Syrian state television reported 3,200 militants and their families are to be transported to Idlib and Jarabulus, a rebel-held area along the Turkish border.

Syrian rebels are due to leave some of the last enclaves outside Damascus Saturday, following a new deal between opposition groups and Russian Federation.

The rebels and their family members will leave Ruhabieh area as well as the towns of Jairud and Nasiriyeh, and this evacuation will end the rebels' presence in the eastern part of Qalamoun mountainous region.

The agreement, which was reached on Tuesday, stipulates for the terrorists to leave the town to Jarablus and resolving the status of those who wish to remain, after handing over their weapons.

Syrian rebels have agreed to surrender an enclave northeast of Damascus and go to opposition areas at the border with Turkey, according to reports from Syrian state media.

State TV showed footage of plumes of smoke rising over the al-Hajar al-Aswad district, which is part of an area that is home to the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp.

The Syrian government is working to secure the surroundings of Damascus through evacuation deals with rebels, and the ongoing military offensive on IS militants south of the capital.

The UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA said it was "deeply concerned about the fate of civilians" and thousands of refugees in and around the camp.

Anti-Assad rebels hold a chunk of territory in the southwest and the northwest, and Kurdish-led militias, backed by the United States, control an expanse of northern and eastern Syria.

Syria's war has killed more than 500,000 people and displaced around half the country, the majority of deaths and injuries caused by regime bombing of civilian areas.

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