On July 20, the last batch of civilians and National Defense Forces (NDF) fighters, who left the villages of al-Fu’ah and Kafriya, entered the northern city of Aleppo, thus the evacuation process was successfully completed.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) released more than 30 woman and children, who were captured by Jihadists during the Idlib offensive in 2015. The release of these captives is a part of the al-Fu’ah and Kafriya agreement.
Furthermore, the al-Mayadeen TV revealed that six personnel of Lebanese Hezbollah, including a senior military commander, were evacuated from al-Fu’ah and Kafriya along with NDF fighters. Hezbollah fighters will return to their towns and villages in southern Lebanon in the upcoming hours, according to the Lebanese news TV channel.
A day earlier, HTS paused the evacuation process and halted more than 19 buses in the crossing of al-Eis. Back then, Syrian sources revealed that the evacuation was paused because 600 out of the 1,500 convicts who were released by the Damascus government under the evacuation agreement, refused to go to the governorate of Idlib.
According to al-Mayadeen, the Damascus government solved this problem by releasing around 250 additional convicts. Following this move, HTS allowed the last batch of buses to enter the government-held areas in Aleppo.
Currently, HTS is planning to settle its foreign fighters and their families in al-Fu’ah and Kafriya. Some pro-HTS activists even suggested renaming the two towns in order to imposed a demographic change.