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Syria regime chemical attacks against opposition since 2011, says SNHR

Syria's Assad poised for another huge symbolic victory Last rebel group quits Ghouta
Glenn Montgomery | 07 April, 2018, 00:43

He added, however, that "humanitarian cases" would be allowed to evacuate on Monday.

The head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, said the Army of Islam is divided over whether to evacuate Douma, with hard-liners demanding they stay and fight.

Under the deal, Syrian state media said Jaish Al Islam would hand over heavy and medium-sized weapons and acknowledge the restoration of the Damascus government's control of Douma.

Over the course of the past 24 hours, more than 1,200 militants were transported through Syria from the suburban Damascus region of Eastern Ghouta to the north of the province of Aleppo along with members of their families through a humanitarian corridor, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

A batch of Faylaq al-Rahman militants began withdrawal from the militant-held city of Douma, located about 10 kilometers northeast of the center of Damascus, on Sunday, according to a report carried by SANA news agency. There was no comment from the Army of Islam.

The deal struck between the group and the Russian military marks the end of a weeks-long push by the Syrian government to consolidate its control of the suburbs.

Syria has been locked in a devastating conflict since early 2011 when the regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.

A rebel faction trapped by Syrian government forces outside the capital agreed to evacuate to northern Syria on Sunday as talks continued over lifting the siege against the town of Douma, where tens of thousands of civilians await relief.

In April 2017, under a deal sponsored by regime ally Iran and rebel backer Qatar, almost 11,000 people leave four besieged areas.

Damascus:China has donated $1 million in aid to the World Food Programme (WFP) in Syria to purchase food for the war-stricken Syrians, the Chinese Embassy in Syria has said.

The Syrian government says it fires in response to shelling from Eastern Ghouta, but Western countries are accusing the Syrian government and Russian Federation of being responsible for the intensification of tensions in the area.

The Syrian pound has appreciated around 10 per cent against the U.S. dollar in recent days, as rebel fighters quit their final stronghold of Eastern Ghouta on the edges of the capital.

The government offensive in Ghouta has been one of the deadliest of the war, killing more than 1,600 civilians, according to the Observatory.

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