Syria: More Civilians Evacuated from Two Towns under Militants’ Siege in Idlib

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Dozens of buses carrying civilians left the predominately Shiite towns of Kafraya and Fua’a in Northwestern Syria on Friday morning in the second phase of a evacuation deal between the government and the militants.

A military source in Aleppo confirmed that a large number of civilians left Fua’a and Kafraya at 8:00 A.M. (Damascus Time) this morning.

The evacuees are destined for different parts of the government-held regions in Aleppo and Lattakia.

Due to security concerns, the buses are being monitored very closely by all parties involved in the agreement.

Local sources confirmed on Wednesday that a sum of 3,000 civilians were evacuated from Fua’a and Kafraya to safe regions under the control of the pro-government forces.

The sources said that 3,000 civilians left Fua’a and Kafraya are under the siege of militants in the second phase of an evacuation deal with the government that also includes transfer of thousands of militants and their family members from the four towns in Damascus province that were under the army siege.

The sources added that 45 buses took the civilians away from Fua’a and Kafraya.

In return, the entire gunmen, who refused to join the peace agreement with the Syrian Army, and their family members left the towns of al-Zabadani, Sarqaya and al-Jabal al-Sharqi on 11 buses.

Sources in Damascus province said that the gunmen have set fire to their position and ammunition before leaving al-Zabadani.

They added that 500 gunmen and their family members have left al-Zabadani and 300 others handed over their weapons to relevant officials and received government amnesty.

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