A second batch of militants is preparing for an evacuation from the district of Douma in the Damascus subrub of Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian state-run news agency SANA reports (source):
“Preparations for evacuating the second batch of “Jaish al-Islam” terrorists and their families from Douma city to Jarablos started on Tuesday in preparation to clear the city from terrorism.
SANA’s correspondent said that several buses have exited through al-Wafideen Camp safe corridor carrying a number of Jaish al-Islam terrorists and their families, and headed to the main gathering point on Harasta Highway, from which they will be transported to Jarablos later.
The correspondent added that the evacuation process is subjected to thorough inspection where buses and luggage are searched and the names of the terrorists are verified to prevent them from smuggling any civilian or military abductees, and to make sure that the terms of the agreement are not violated regarding the personal firearms they are allowed to carry with them while they are leaving.
Terrorists of Jaish al-Islam in Douma have been holding large numbers of civilian and military abductees hostage for several years inside the so-called “al-Toba Prison,” in addition to using hundreds of families as human shields.”
Since April 2, the Jaish al-Islam leadership has not commented on reports of the militants withdrawal from the area. However, if the second batch lives, it will be clear that the evacuation deal is undergoing despite the public denial by miltiants.