Russian Federation says 1100 have evacuated rebel stronghold Ghouta

Russian Federation says 1100 have evacuated rebel stronghold Ghouta

Russian Federation says 1100 have evacuated rebel stronghold Ghouta

State media has said Jaish al-Islam had accepted a deal giving its fighters safe passage to towns at the border with Turkey that are located in a buffer zone controlled by the Turkish military and allied Syrian rebel groups. Russian-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95% of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals.

This discovery came after the Syrian army sieged the area due to a Russia-orchestrated evacuation deal that bused thousands of Syrian rebels and their families out of the area.

After President Bashar al-Assad's forces recaptured most of Eastern Ghouta, the forces discovered an underground network of tunnels formerly held by the rebel forces.

Syria has been locked in a devastating conflict since early 2011 when the regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.

Jaish al-Islam has not confirmed any deal with the Syrian government over eastern Ghouta.

SANA said that the evacuation of Jaish al-Islam fighters from Eastern Ghouta is expected to be completed on Tuesday.

And, while Failaq a-Rahman maintains close ties with the rebel factions that rule the Syrian northwest, including the hardline Hay'at Tahrir a-Sham (HTS) coalition, Jaish al-Islam does not.

The Syrian government says it fires in response to shelling from Eastern Ghouta, but Western countries are accusing the Syrian government and Russian Federation of being responsible for the intensification of tensions in the area.

"A clear message was sent to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in the area: either reconciliation and disarmament - handing weapons to the Syrian government as the Russians describe it - or departing eastern Qalamoun", the rebel spokesperson was quoted as saying.

The girls tweeted that they are now in Turkey, away from danger, and hope to see all children of Syria live in peace and safety.

Approximately 450 people left Douma city on Monday in an eight-bus convoy headed for opposition-held Jarablus, in northern Syria, local activists told Syria Direct. Pro-opposition media sources reported that all of Monday's evacuees were sick and injured civilians.

Opposition officials, however, denied the reports.

Geneva: The UN humanitarian adviser for Syria called on Wednesday for access to the eastern Ghouta town of Douma, where he said some 80,000-150,000 civilians were "on their knees" after years of siege and fighting.

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