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New deal for rebel exit from Syrian town: state media

AFP  |  Damascus 

Syrian reported that rebels from the Jaish faction would quit another town east of Damascus, just days after evacuating their main bastion outside the capital.

State agency said a new deal had been inked for the rebels to exit the town of Dumayr, around 50 kilometres east of

Jaish had maintained control over the town since 2016 under a "reconciliation" agreement with regime forces, whereby they would not fire at each other.

But the new deal, reported, "provides for the departure of around 1,000 terrorists from Jaish to Jarabulus," a rebel-controlled northern town. Rebels had already begun handing over heavy weapons as part of the agreement, it said. Jaish has not commented on the deal.

It comes three days after Jaish evacuated the last opposition-held town in the onetime rebel Their departure paved the way for the to declare its full control over Ghouta, after a ferocious two-month military assault on the enclave.

The offensive ended with a trio of evacuation deals that saw tens of thousands of rebels and civilians bussed up to

The for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said today that government forces were keen to clear out the armed opposition from any territory near

"Regime forces, after taking all of Eastern Ghouta, want to finish off the rest of the rebel fighters around the capital so they can secure it," said

"This is why they're replacing the reconciliation deals with evacuation agreements," he told AFP.

Similar rebel departures were being negotiated for other nearby towns and for areas south of including Yalda, Beit Saham, and Babila, the Observatory said.

Meanwhile, government forces were preparing an assault on neighbourhoods in southern held by the Islamic State group.

The Observatory said that regime forces had fired dozens of shells and rockets onto the areas overnight and that IS had retaliated with shelling on that left one child dead.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 17:55 IST
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