Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian al-Qaeda branch) and allied militant groups have decided to surrender the town of Khan al-Shih in the Western Ghouta region of Rif Damascus province, according to local sources.
Militant groups were pushed to make this decision because of a stiff military pressure from the Syrian military in the region. Recently, pro-government forces entered Khan al-Shih’s outskirts.
According to reports, militants will have two options: to lay down arms and surrender to the Syrian army or to use the corridor to Idlib. The agreement is expected to be implemented in the coming days.