30 REBELS SURRENDER TO SYRIAN ARMY AFTER EVACUATING HARASTA
A total of 30 rebels surrendered to the Syrian army, after evacuating Harasta, in the capital Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta area, said the War Media, the media wing of the Syrian army.
The surrendering rebels reached the humanitarian corridor, established recently by the Syrian army, near the Water Resources facility in Harasta, said the report.
It added that, as many as 1,500 rebels and 6,000 civilians, largely of the rebels’ families, are expected to leave Harasta on Thursday (today), in two batches. The evacuees will leave towards rebel-held areas in the north-western province of Idlib, the report added.
The pro-government al-Watan online newspaper said, the Ahrar al-Sham rebels could leave Harasta soon, after declaring the acceptance of their evacuation. A day earlier, the Minister of National Reconciliation, Ali Haidar, said, the planned evacuation of rebels is awaiting consensus among militiamen in that area, after an agreement was recently reached.
The deal for the evacuation of rebels from Harasta should have seen light two days ago, but the rebels didn’t honour the agreement, Haidar said.
“Everything is ready and the starting point begins with the rebels, and this could happen at any moment and it could also be hindered, like it happened for the first time,” he noted.
Four major rebel groups are currently positioned inside Eastern Ghouta, namely the Islam Army, Failaq al-Rahman, Ahrar al-Sham, and the Levant Liberation Committee, known as the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.
But with the progress of the Syrian army, which captured 80 percent of Eastern Ghouta in recent days, thousands of civilians are evacuating their areas in Eastern Ghouta on a daily basis, seeking refuge in government-run shelters, while condemning the rebels’ presence in their areas.
Source: NAM News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/30-rebels-surrender-to-syrian-army-after-evacuating-harasta/National news