Last night, Jaish al-Fatah militants launched a major offensive against government forces in Hikmah from the direction of Rashiddeen 4 in the southwestern Aleppo countryside. After a series of firefights, the Syrian Army and Hezbollah forced Jaish al-Fatah units to retreat.
As result a group of militants, that sabotaged evacuation from Aleppo on December 14, agreed to all terms and conditions of the Syrian government.
But rebel officials said late on Wednesday that they had agreed to an evacuation of the wounded from those Shi’ite villages in Idlib province, and that the Aleppo deal would now go ahead as planned.
“Within the coming hours its implementation will begin,” said Abdul Salam Abdul Razak, a military spokesman for the Nour al-Din al Zinki rebel group.
An official with the Jabha Shamiya rebel group said implementation would begin around 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Thursday. He said around 1,000 wounded people would be the first to leave eastern Aleppo, and the entire evacuation should be complete within three days.
Militants remaining inside Aleppo will take a new opportunity to withdraw to Idlib on December 15. If they deny, the Syrian army will continue a counter-terrorism operation to clear the building blocks controlled by gunmen opposing the evacuation.
Reports say that according to the new Aleppo withdrawal agreement, Jaish al-Fatah militant coalition (led by al-Nusra) will have to allow civilians to evacuate from the villages of Kefraya and Fowaa located in the province of Idlib. These are predominantly Shia villages besieged by al-Nusra and its allies. Some sources add that Iran is behind of this demand.