Islam Army rebels start evacuating from northeast of Damascus

22 April, 2018, 10:03 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Pro government forces check tunnels used by the rebels over the past years during the siege in the recently conquered area of Jobar in Eastern Ghouta

The Syrian forces aim to dislodge IS from the Yarmouk Camp area as well as the adjacent Hajar Awad, Qadam, and Tadamun areas.

The daily further said, Syrian forces have for days been launching air strikes on the area controlled by Daesh (IS) in the south of Damascus, primarily around the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp and its surrounding areas. On Thursday neighbouring Iraq carried out air strikes against the jihadist group in Syria in coordination with Damascus, the Iraqi military said.

Their capture would leave the opposition holding only two strongholds, located in the northwest and southwest along Syria's worldwide borders.

Western countries launched their first coordinated action against Assad on Saturday to punish him for a suspected gas attack they say killed scores of people during an advance that captured the town of Ghouta near the capital.

The inspectors have delayed their visit to Douma after their security team were shot at during a reconnaissance trip on Tuesday, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said.

Syria and its ally Russian Federation deny using chemical weapons in the assault on Douma.

Under the contract, the rebels have been permitted to move with their own families into are as in the north of the country, effortlessly surrendering their possessions into Allied government compels.

Hundreds of Islam Army rebels and their families left Dumair town in northeast of Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday to northern Syria, state news agency SANA reported. Insurgents in another enclave nearby - Eastern Qalamoun - said they had also agreed to withdraw. The government denies that.

Referring to the latest evacuations, the United Nations said in a note it expected further displacements soon to northern Syria.

Dumayr is in the Qalamoun mountains, near the eastern Ghouta region which came under full government control last week after a weeks-long offensive and an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Militant shelling of an adjoining neighborhood injured five people, Damascus police were cited as saying early on Friday by state television.

Damascus and its allies are actively pushing for reconciliation or transfer deals in other militant-held parts of Syria, as such arrangements greatly reduce the number of civilian causalities and limit casualties inflicted to the Syrian Army's ranks.



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