First evacuees leave besieged Damascus suburb Daraya

August 26, 2016 2:02 PM

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BEIRUT Besieged residents and rebels began leaving the Damascus suburb of Daraya on Friday, Reuters witnesses said, as an evacuation to end one of the longest stand-offs in Syria's five-year war began.

Insurgents and government forces agreed a deal on Thursday to evacuate the town, which the Syrian army has surrounded since 2012. The U.N. said only one shipment of aid has reached the area since then.

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