Evacuation Of Militants From Rastan Pocket Delayed

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Evacuation Of Militants From Rastan Pocket Delayed

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The evacuation of the militants from the Rastan pocket in the northern Homs countryside to Idlib governorate and the Turkish-held Jarabulus city has been re-scheduled from May 5 to May 8 for unknown reasons, several Syrian opposition sources reported on May 4.

Earlier, many Syrian pro-government activist said that the evacuation process will be delayed because many radical militants in northern Homs had stated that they are against the reconciliation agreement that was reached on May 2. Another reason of the delay could be that the Damascus government is currently busy with the evacuation of the militants from southern Damascus.

Meanwhile, the Hezbollah media wing in Syria confirmed that the militants in northern Homs had handed over their heavy weapons to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). The SAA reportedly recovered three BMP-1 vehicles, two battle tanks, a Shilka vehicle and an artillery piece on May 3 and 4.

On May 2, the Russian Military Police removed the barriers from the Hama-Aleppo highway in northern Homs and deployed several units near the towns of al-Rastan and Talbiseh in the framework of the reached reconciliation agreement.

The delay of the evacuation process could trigger more tensions between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the radical militants in northern Homs, according to observers, who believe that the reconciliation agreement is still vulnerable.

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  • You can call me Al

    “The delay of the evacuation process could trigger more tensions between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the radical militants in northern Homs”…….

    win-win situation, leave them to fight it out and move the bodies out on the 5th – 8th August, let it be.

  • Rob

    Those rebels, militants or terrorists that do not respect reconciliation agreement will face SAA and tiger forces.

  • matew ivanson

    fcking rebels, they left Ghouta, Yalda, Qalamoun, dont give Homs pocket, fcking FSA, is this Assad victory? rebels are horse shit

  • as

    To all that think it’s much better to slaughter them all i should note that it works. Diplomacy do works.

    These militants have seen the futility of it’s action and the option to stop are still kept available to them by the Russian and Syrian forces who actually keep their promise and words. At that point would they rather pursue their goals to their death ? Nope they rather get bused out of the pocket.