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The first batch of combatants and civilians from the city of Duma, the last rebel stronghold in the eastern Guta region, outside Damascus, left for the north of Syria last night.
This was reported on Tuesday (3.04.2018) official media and activists. The state news agency, SANA, said that several buses with 1,130 members of the Islamic Army faction and their families left Duma last night for Yarablus, in the north of the country, under the supervision of the Syrian Red Crescent.
SANA added that the evacuation of Duma’s militants and civilians is expected to be completed today, in accordance with the agreement reached between the Army of Islam and Russia, an ally of the Syrian government.
The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights confirmed the departure of 21 buses with some 1,150 people on board, between combatants and civilians, from Duma to go to the towns of Yarablus and Al Bab, both in the province of Aleppo and under the control of rebel groups allies of Turkey.
Duma is the last redoubt remaining in the hands of the insurgents in Guta Oriental, which in the past was the main opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus.
Thanks to the evacuation agreements and a military offensive since last February, Syrian government forces have regained control of almost all of Eastern Guta.