Rebels leave Douma

MOSCOW/BEIRUT/AMMAN – Rebel fighters will leave the besieged city of Douma for a rebel-held area of northern Syria under a deal with the Russian army that Russian military police will help to enforce, opposition negotiators said.

Under the agreement, Jaish al-Islam fighters will evacuate Douma and move to the northern city of Jarablus, near the border with Turkey, within 48 hours, state media quoted an official source as saying.

Jaish al-Islam, one of the most prominent insurgent groups in the war, is bowing to the Syrian government’s demand to pull out of Douma.

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