1,100 leave rebel stronghold in Damascus, says Russia

1,100 leave rebel stronghold in Damascus, says Russia

Around 1,100 Syrian rebels and their family members have left a stronghold in the Damascus suburbs in the past 24 hours, according to the Russian military.

The town of Douma was one of the earliest hubs of the uprising against President Bashar Assad in 2011 and home to the Army of Islam, the largest rebel group in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of the Syrian capital.

The Russian defence ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that 24 buses in the past 24 hours have taken more than 1,100 rebels and their families to the rebel-held north of Syria. The evacuation began on Monday.

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.

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