Syrian government forces restored a full control of al-Dumayr after all the militants had withdrawn from the town under a deal with the Damascus government.
On April 19, security forces units entered the town and and raised the Syrian flag over the municipality building. According to a correspondent of the Syrian state-run news agency SANA, 13 buses were prepared for Jaish al-Islam members and their families to transfer them to the town of Jarabulus in the Turkish-occupied part of northern Syria.
A total of 1,500 Jaish al-Islam fighters and 3,500 their relatives are set to be evacuated from al-Dumayr.
A column with militants leaves al-Dumayr:
The SANA added that militants have handed over a number of weapons to the Syrian Army over the past few days:
“6 machinegun-equipped vehicles, 32mm machineguns, anti –craft missiles, 14.5 machineguns, some individual and light weapons including rifles, PKC machineguns, FAL sniper rifles, medium pieces such as Dushka installed on ground positions, RPGs launchers, 82 and 60 mortar launchers, as well as various communication devices.”
The news about the success in al-Dumayr came as militants in the rest of the Eastern Qalamoun pocket also agreed on a reconciliation deal. In the framework of this deal, this group of militants will also have a chance to withdraw from the area or to settle their legal status as well as the Syrian Army will restore control of the Eastern Qalamoun pocket.