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  World   Asia  22 Mar 2018  Syrian rebels 'forced' to leave besieged town in eastern Ghouta enclave

Syrian rebels 'forced' to leave besieged town in eastern Ghouta enclave

AP
Published : Mar 22, 2018, 2:20 pm IST
Updated : Mar 22, 2018, 5:46 pm IST

The government-controlled Military Media Centre says 1,500 rebels and 6,000 civilians will leave Harasta on Thursday.

Monther Fares, a spokesman for the rebel faction Ahrar al-Sham, says his group’s fighters are preparing to leave. He says fighters are waiting for buses to arrive to take them and their families to other rebel-held areas in north Syria. (Photo: AFP)
 Monther Fares, a spokesman for the rebel faction Ahrar al-Sham, says his group’s fighters are preparing to leave. He says fighters are waiting for buses to arrive to take them and their families to other rebel-held areas in north Syria. (Photo: AFP)

Beirut: Syrian rebels and their families are expected to leave a besieged town in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, in an evacuation deal that will see the town handed over to the government following years of bombardment.

Monther Fares, a spokesman for the rebel faction Ahrar al-Sham, says his group’s fighters are preparing to leave. He says fighters are waiting for buses to arrive to take them and their families to other rebel-held areas in north Syria.

The government-controlled Military Media Centre says 1,500 rebels and 6,000 civilians will leave Harasta on Thursday.

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The deal is modelled after others that have had rebels surrender swaths of territory around the capital and other major cities to the government. The UN and human rights groups have condemned such arrangements as “forced displacement.”

Tags: ghouta enclave, syrian rebels, united nations, ahrar al-sham, harasta rebels
Location: Lebanon, Beirut, Beirut