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ISIS And ‘Moderate’ Militants To Leave Southern Damascus Under Deal With Government – Reports

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ISIS And 'Moderate' Militants To Leave Southern Damascus Under Deal With Government - Reports

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UPDATE: Clashes between army troops and ISIS members have been reported in southern Damascus. It looks like that ISIS members are not going to withdraw.

ISIS reached an agreement with the Damascus government that will allow ISIS members to withdraw from the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp south of the Syrian capital to the ISIS-held areas in eastern Homs, the pro-government blog al-Masdar News reported on April 19.

Separately, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that besieged fighters of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the district of Yalda, Babbila and Beit Sahm, east of the Yarmouk camp, had reached an agreement with the Damascus government that will allow them to withdraw towards the northern Syrian city of Jarabulus.

Meanwhile, Syrian opposition sources reported that the Damascus government and Russia had implemented a 48 hours long ceasefire in the area. However, it is unknown if this ceasefire is related to the supposed evacuation deals.

The SAA and its allies massed thousands of fighters in southern Damascus last month. A source in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told SouthFront that the number of pro-government fighters deployed around the Yarmouk camp is higher than the number of fighters who participated in the successfully Easter Ghouta operation.

Although no Syrian official confirmed these reports yet, local observers believe that such deals are possible. The militants know that they have no chance to win the battle in southern Damascus.

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