Russian Federation says over 105000 civilians have left Syria's Ghouta

25 March, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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In the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib, a vehicle bomb exploded near a court building killing at least six people and wounding 25, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the opposition's Syrian Civil Defense.

Rebel spokesman Wael Oweilan said on Friday negotiations that with Russian Federation will follow to allow for the evacuation of civilians from the area.

Eastern Ghouta was once the most significant opposition bastion on the edge of Damascus, but beleaguered rebels are now left with less than 10% of their onetime stronghold.

Capturing eastern Ghouta, near the capital Damascus, would be Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's biggest victory over the rebels since driving them from Aleppo in December 2016.

In a televised broadcast, Syrian state media Sana said that the evacuation of 7,000 people - fighters and their family members - to Idlib will begin on Saturday at 9am (07:00 GMT).

State television said the town of Harasta had "been emptied of terrorists" after a deal where fighters from Islamist group Ahrar Al Sham and their families were taken by bus to northwestern Idlib province, still largely rebel-held.

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The agreement will involve clearing a southern stretch of territory that includes the towns of Zamalka, Arbin and Ain Tarma.

Talks are ongoing for the third pocket around Ghouta's largest town of Douma.

Faylaq al-Rahman group, which agreed to a ceasefire late Thursday following another wave of deadly air strikes, did not immediately confirm the agreement.

The Syrian army has seized control of 90 percent of the capital Damascus' Eastern Ghouta area amid rebels' requests to leave under heavy military offensive.

Khodr noted that such deals are part of a military tactic that has been used by the Syrian government in the past seven years. Some children stayed in basements for four months with no food.

Rebel officials say they expect the evacuation to last several days.

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Meanwhile, British diplomats expelled from Russian Federation have left the embassy in Moscow ahead of Russia's deadline. A British judge said on March 22 that they may have suffered brain damage and the prospects for recovery were uncertain.

"We hate the fact that we have to leave Ghouta", said Abu Khaled, a 28-year-old jihadist fighter and Ghouta native.

The operation split the region into three nonadjacent, rebel-held pockets, which are now down to two with the evacuation of Harasta.

Retaking eastern Ghouta, a sprawling semi-rural area which had escaped regime control since 2012 and lies within mortar range of central Damascus, was made a priority by the regime this year.

AFP video and pictures from Douma, which is controlled by the Salafist rebel faction Jaish Al Islam, showed bright white streams falling from the sky in a fashion consistent with incendiary munitions.

The offensive on Eastern Ghouta has caused widespread outrage and marked one of the darkest episodes of a war that entered its eighth year this month.

The Observatory says more than 1,600 civilians have been killed in just over a month.

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