Daraya Rebels and Civilians Start to Evacuate Damascus Suburb, Handing Syria's Assad a Symbolic Win

August 26, 2016 9:40 AM

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Daraya Rebels and Civilians Start to Evacuate Damascus Suburb, Handing Syria's Assad a Symbolic Win

Residents of the long-besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya prepared to evacuate on Friday as part of a deal seen as a major symbolic victory for the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Rebels agreed to give up their positions under a deal unveiled late Thursday, yielding to the years-long pressure. The agreement stipulates that some 700 rebel fights and their families will be allowed to move to Idlib province, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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