On March 24, seventeen buses carrying the first batch of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Faylaq al-Rahman fighters left Irbin district in the western part of the Eastern Ghouta region towards the northern governorate of Idlib, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
Earlier, Faylaq al-Rahman released eight civilians and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers under the evacuation agreement that had been reached on March 23. More than thirty other captives are set to be released by the militants in coming days, according to pro-government sources.
Meanwhile, the SAA discovered several ammo depots and a network of tunnels in the Ayn Tarma district, which had been one of the main strongholds of Faylaq al-Rahman. The militants are likely handing over more areas to the SAA in the upcoming hours, mainly in Jobar district, north of Ayn Tarma.
More than 7,000 civilians and fighters of HTS and Faylaq al-Rahman will leave the western part of Eastern Ghouta within 48 hours under the evacuation agreement that appears to be going well so far.