On April 12, residents of the Duma district raised Syrian flag over the center of the district right after the departure of the last batch of Jaysh al-Islam fighters, according to the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV.
Syrian local sources said that the leaders of Jaysh al-Islam had been aboard the last buses that had left Duma towards the northern cities of Jarabulus and al-Bab.
According to Syrian pro-government sources, Jaysh al-Islam handed over its heavy weapons before leaving. The sources didn’t specify the types of these weapons. However, some local sources have speculated that the list may include the Osa short-range tactical surface-to-air missile system that was used by Jaysh al-Islam to shot down several Syrian warplanes during the last few years.
Al-Mayadeen also reported that the Russian Military Police began deploying its units in Duma in the framework of the evacuation agreement that was reached on April 7. The Lebanese TV also confirmed that the Syrian Police will be once again deployed in Duma.
Now when the Duma district is secured, local observers hope that the investigation committee of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will be able to carry out its mission in the area without any threats or pressure from any side.