Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Withdrawals continue from Syrian rebels' shrinking Eastern Ghouta enclave

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Russian Federation gave the group a few days before a military assault on the town, they said.

Mayss Ahmad scans busloads of evacuees exiting a bombed-out town near Damascus, determined to see her long-lost father and brother again after they spent years in rebel captivity.

The departure was part of a deal reached last week between the group and Russian Federation, which is helping its Syrian ally negotiate such deals to clear the last rebels out of Ghouta.

Douma-based activist Laith al-Abdullah told Al Jazeera that Faylaq ar-Rahman are trying to evacuate their extended family members now trapped in Douma - despite ongoing negotiations.

Activists said around 1,000 people have been killed since late last month by the heavy bombardment and military conflicts between rebels and government troops in Eastern Ghouta.

The evacuation agreement has been implemented smoothly, and it came right after a similar deal was reached and implemented in Harasta city in Eastern Ghouta, where rebels and their families had left before it became under the control of the government.

Assad has used such evacuation agreements to recover swathes of territory since the uprising against his rule began seven years ago this month.

Residents of the enclave have been in dire need of food and medicine, especially since the latest offensive began, which has exacerbated Eastern Ghouta's humanitarian crisis.

One hundred buses carrying 6,749 people - around a quarter of them fighters - left the Faylaq-controlled pocket in the early hours of Tuesday, state news agency SANA said. At least 1,600 civilians have died in the carnage, and 5,000 more have been wounded, according to the United Kingdom -based observatory, which gathers information from a network of activists on the ground.

Under the second deal, opposition fighters from Faylaq al-Rahman are being given safe passage to the northwest, along with thousands of civilians, in exchange for releasing prisoners they were holding.

Separately, Army of Islam spokesman Hamza Bayraqdar has accused the Faylaq al-Rahman rebels of helping government forces make inroads in the enclave after they dried out artificial swamps set up by the rebel fighters to slow down the Syrian forces' advance.

Eight were freed on Sunday and another 26 the following day, SANA said.

"My mother's heart is broken from waiting", she says.Tens of thousands of Syrians have been reported missing in Syria since its civil war broke out in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests. "This sped up the regime's advance".

Russian military police, but not Syria's army, would deploy there.

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