Over 3,000 rebels, families leave Eastern Ghouta

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Damascus, March 26 (IANS) A total of 3,708 rebels and their family members evacuated Syria’s Eastern Ghouta area on Sunday, as the second batch to leave areas under the control of Failaq al-Rahman militia, media reporter.

The rebels and members of their families were transported by 52 buses from the outskirts of the town of Arbeen in Eastern Ghouta toward rebel-held areas in northwestern Syria, Xinhua reported.

This is the second batch to leave areas under the control of Failaq al-Rahman, a day after 981 rebels and their families evacuated toward rebel-held areas in Idlib province in northwestern Syria.

The evacuation is part of a recently-reached deal between the rebels and the Syrian army under the Russian mediation.

–IANS

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