The evacuation process of militants and their families from a rebel enclave south of Damascus continues

Published 05/04/2018 19:53:29 CET


The process of evacuation of militants and their families from the rebel enclave of Al Hayar al Asuad, located south of the capital, Damascus, has continued this Friday with the departure of fourteen buses from three localities in the area.

According to information collected by the Syrian state news agency SANA, buses have left the cities of Babbela, Beit Sahem and Yalda in the direction of Idlib province (northeast), under rebel control.

The agency said on Thursday that about 5,000 rebels and their families will leave these locations and be moved to Idlib following the agreement reached on Sunday in this regard.

In the area of ​​Al Hayar al Asuad is the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, controlled by the jihadist Islamic State group and home to several thousand civilians.

The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Pierre Krahenbuhl, warned last week of the "catastrophic consequences" of the offensive in the camp, while stressing that the residents of Yarmouk "have suffered pain and suffering indescribable during years of conflict ".

The country's president, Bashar al-Assad, backed by Iran and Russia, seeks to crush the last besieged rebel enclaves, taking advantage of the insurgents' defeat in the eastern Ghuta region, which was the last great bastion of the rebels near the capital.

Although the conquest of the east of Qalamun and Al Hayar al Asuad will leave only one remaining besieged rebel enclave, north of the city of Homs, large parts of Syria on the borders with Jordan, Israel, Turkey and Iraq remain outside Al Assad's control .

The rebels have a portion of territory in the southwest and the northwest, and militias led by the Kurds, backed by the United States, control an extension of northern and eastern Syria.


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