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Turkey Hinders Evacuation Of Jaysh al-Islam Fighters, Russia Prepares To Deploy Troops In Duma

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On April 11, the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) banned the fifth batch of Jaysh al-Islam fighters, who had been evacuated from the Duma district, from entering the Turkish-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria, the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi reported. A local source told the news outlet that the fifth batch consists of 4,100 civilians and fighters of Jaysh al-Islam.

In response to the Turkish decision, dozens of civilians took at the streets in the city of al-Bab and demanded the Turkish authorities and the Turkish backed-FSA to allow Jaysh al-Islam fighters and their families to enter the city immediately. Following the protests, the Turkish authorities answered the protestors requests and allowed the fighters and their families to enter the city.

Turkey Hinders Evacuation Of Jaysh al-Islam Fighters, Russia Prepares To Deploy Troops In Duma

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Turkey Hinders Evacuation Of Jaysh al-Islam Fighters, Russia Prepares To Deploy Troops In Duma

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According to the Ministry of Defense of Russia, over 3,354 fighters of Jaysh al-Islam and 8,642 members of their families had been evacuated from Duma district since the evacuation agreement was reached on April 8. Jaysh al-Islam also handed over most of its light and medium weapons to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and burned all of its heavy weapons during the last two days.

The Russian Ministry of Defense added in an official statement released on April 11, serivcemembers of the Russian Military Police will be deployed in the Duma district on April 12. The deployment is a part of the original agreement, according to Syrian pro-government sources.

The number of the remaining fighters of Jaysh al-Islam in Duma district is unknown. However, local observers believe that the evacuation process will be over within 48 to 72 hours.

The city of Douma became the place of the alleged chemical attack on April 7. The reprots triggered a large-scale escalation over the conflict in Syria. The US and its allies are currently drawing plans of miltiary actions against the Syrian government. MORE HERE

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