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Opposition Militants In Southern Damascus Accept Evacuation Deal

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On April 29, the besieged fighters of Jaysh al-Islam, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Jaysh al-Ababil south of the Syrian capital of Damascus accepted an evacuation deal that will allow them to withdraw from their positions in the districts of Aqraba, Beit Sahm, Yalda and Babbila to other militant-held parts of Syria, the pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi reported.

Opposition Militants In Southern Damascus Accept Evacuation Deal

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The Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV said that the SAA and the militants reached a deal and said the evacuation process is set to begin on May 1.

According to reports, Jaysh al-Islam fighters will withdraw towards the Turkish-held town of Jarabulus, HTS fighters will withdraw to Idlib governorate, while Jaysh al-Ababil fighters will withdraw to Daraa governorate.

Pro-government sources added that the Russian Military Police may be deployed in the districts of Aqraba, Beit Sahm, Yalda and Babbila as a part of the evacuation deal. Russia and the Damascus government will also offer a reconciliation deal for all the militants who want to stay in their areas, according to the sources.

The evacuation deal doesn’t include ISIS fighters who are besieged in the Yarmouk refugee camp, the district of al-Hajar al-Aswad and parts of the al-Tadamon district. Local observers believe that the SAA will increase its pressure on the besieged terrorists, once the evacuation deal is fellfield.

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