Following the establsihment of a temporary ceasefire in southern Damascus on May 19, reports appeared that remaining ISIS militants have reached a surrender deal with pro-government forces.
Under the alleged deal, ISIS members will unconditionally surrender their remaining positions to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and withdraw to the Homs desert without heavy weapons and vehicles via an open corridor.
According to unconfirmed reports, the SAA has already establsihed control over the last parts of the al-Hajar al-Aswad district and are preparing to enter the district of Taqadom and the Yarmouk refugee camp.
However, these reports as well as the existence of the deal still have to be confirmed officialy. The Syrian state media says that there is no deal.
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Video 3 Hours Ago : Launching of a batch of busses deporting ISIS militants from AL Yarmouk camp and Al Hajar Al Aswad to the Syrian Badia. The area in the footage is near Al Battikha roundabout#YarmoukCamp #Hajar_alaswad #ISIS pic.twitter.com/7QkqNxEu6P
— Ivan Sidorenko (@IvanSidorenko1) 20 May 2018
Earler SAA and local sources have repeatedly said that there will be no deal with the remaining ISIS militants. However, the situation on the ground across the country may have changed forcing the SAA to deal with the southern Damascus issue faster than it was expected. One of such factors is the recent series of incidents with Israel.