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40000 civilians return home in Syria's Eastern Ghouta: state media

07 April 2018

The report explained that "of the 182 attacks, 112 occurred after resolution 2209 of 2015, 56 attacks after resolution 2235 of the same year and four attacks after the Russian veto on extending the mission of the joint investigation mechanism in November, 2017".

"The first stage of the deal stipulates that opposition fighters hand over their heavy and medium weapons to regime forces". They included fighters from the Faylaq al-Rahman and Ahrar al-Sham rebel groups, their families and other residents. The army retakes control of Daraya.

Douma is a stronghold of the powerful Army of Islam rebel group.

Syria s war has killed more than 350,000 people and displaced millions since starting in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

The announcement comes after tens of thousands of rebels and civilians are bussed out under a deal sponsored by Iran, Russia and Turkey. "Idlib can not become a battle zone, it's full of civilians and they are vulnerable displaced", he said.

The government has threatened to storm the city if rebels did not agree to surrender the last patch in the enclave in exchange for safe passage to Idlib.

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An opposition official told the Saudi TV channel al-Arabiya that the Army of Islam was still engaged in talks with Russian Federation over the future of Douma.

Also on Sunday, Hezbollah media said that an agreement had been reached with the rebel group to evacuate fighters to Jarablus, a town in northern Syria near the border with Turkey.

Since the Syrian crisis broke out in 2011, the Chinese government has signed multiple agreements with worldwide bodies, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the global Committee of the Red Cross, to provide medical and food aid to Syrian refugees. However, he said that "humanitarian cases" would be allowed to evacuate on Monday.

Last week, two rebel groups reached an evacuation deal with the Russian army, which resulted in about 19,000 people leaving for the northern province of Idlib.

Al Jazeera's Osama Bin Javaid, reporting from Ankara, said that after the meeting the three leaders expressed their increasing hope for peaceful solution in the Syrian crisis in light of the achievements produced by their trilateral dialogue.

An inner rift among the Islam Army rebels in the Syrian capital Damascus' Eastern Ghouta countryside has delayed their planned evacuation on Thursday, state news agency SANA reported.

40000 civilians return home in Syria's Eastern Ghouta: state media