THOUSANDS TO LEAVE BESIEGED TOWNS IN NORTH-WESTERN SYRIA UNDER NEW DEAL
DAMASCUS, Syria, Thousands of Syrians from the towns of Kafraya and Foa, besieged by the rebels in north-western Syria, will be able to leave, under a new deal between the government and the rebels, state TV reported, on Tuesday.
The towns of Kafarya and Foa, both predominantly Shiite towns that have been besieged since three years ago, in the countryside of the north-western province of Idlib, will see thousands of people leaving, after a deal was reached with the government.
The state TV said, the town of Ishtabrak in the northern countryside of Idlib, is also included, as the rebels are set to release people they kidnapped from those towns.
No more details were made available so far, but some sources, who are familiar with the situation, said that, the remaining people in the two Shiite towns will evacuate towards Aleppo city in northern Syria, and in exchange, the government will release a number of prisoners linked with the rebels.
The evacuation of the people from Kafraya and Foa, as well as, the release of kidnapped people from the custody of the rebels, will begin within the next few days, and more likely on Wednesday (today).
Opposition activists said, the deal will see the evacuation of Shiite militants and their families from the two towns, towards government-controlled parts in northern Syria.
Activists said, around 1,500 civilians and rebels will be set free from a prison in Damascus, adding, the new agreement will be implemented within the next few hours and simultaneously by both sides.
Source: Nam News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/thousands-to-leave-besieged-towns-in-north-western-syria-under-new-deal/General