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Russian Federation says 1100 have evacuated rebel stronghold Ghouta

07 April 2018

In previous evacuations, buses leaving Douma have gathered near Wafideen or on the side of the motorway outside Damascus, and waited for hours for others to join them before setting off as a full convoy to northern Syria.

Jaish al-Islam, which has been defending Douma against an offensive by Russian-backed Syrian government forces, has not confirmed the agreement with the government.

Fighters from the Army of Islam would evacuate to Jarablus, a town in the northern Aleppo province that is shared between rebel and Turkish control.

Buses carrying Syrian civilians and rebels began leaving the last opposition holdout in Eastern Ghouta Tuesday on a second day of evacuations, as the regime eyed the total reconquest of the enclave.

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The Syrian army launched a massive operation in February against the rebels in Eastern Ghouta and secured the evacuation of 150,000 civilians who will return home once the situation stabilizes.

Jaish al-Islam, or "Army of Islam", had previously refused to leave the area.

Syrian government forces, backed by Russian Federation, have now recaptured almost all of eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, from the rebels in a ferocious assault that began in February, marking a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad.

Elsewhere in Syria, Russian and Syrian military officers told rebels in Eastern Qalamoun, about 25 miles northeast of Damascus, they must accept regime rule or leave.

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A two-year-old Syrian baby named Kasim Kahveci from Eastern Ghouta, whose face was ruined in an attack by Assad regime forces, arrived in Turkey on Wednesday to receive medical treatment, according to Turkish Red Crescent official.

Out of the almost 400,000 people besieged in eastern Ghouta for years by Syrian government forces, 130,000 had fled in the last three weeks, Egeland said.

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Douma is a stronghold of the powerful Army of Islam rebel group. Since then more than 46,000 people, about a quarter of whom are fighters, have reached Idlib, according to Syrian authorities.

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The regime assault on Eastern Ghouta since mid-February has killed more than 1,600 civilians and caused tens of thousands to flee into regime-held territory.

Russian Federation says 1100 have evacuated rebel stronghold Ghouta