Deal agreed to evacuate thousands from besieged Damascus suburb

By REUTERS
August 25, 2016 20:02

AMMAN - Rebels and the Syrian army have agreed to a deal to evacuate all residents and fighters from the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya, an insurgent leader there said.

The evacuation would start on Friday and last for two or three days, said Captain Abu Jamal, the head of the Liwa Shuda al Islam, the biggest of two main rebel groups inside Daraya.

Syria's army has surrounded rebels in Daraya since 2012. It has become one of the most heavily-bombed rebel-held areas in the five-year conflict.


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