[WORLD NEWS] SYRIA: EVACUATION OF REBEL-BESIEGED TOWNS IN IDLIB COMPLETE

The villages of northern Syria’s Idlib province

 

 

THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS FROM TWO REBEL-BESIEGED LOYALIST TOWNS IN NORTHWESTERN SYRIA HAVE BEEN EVACUATED TO GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED TERRITORY AS PART OF A DEAL THAT WILL SEE HUNDREDS OF DETAINEES RELEASED FROM STATE-RUN PRISONS.
THE LAST REMAINING RESIDENTS OF THE PREDOMINANTLY SHIA TOWNS OF AL-FOUA AND KEFRAYA, ESTIMATED AT 6,000, DEPARTED AFTER MORE THAN A HUNDRED BUSES ARRIVED EARLY TODAY TO TRANSPORT THEM TO GOVERNMENT-HELD TERRITORY IN ALEPPO PROVINCE.
IT CAN BE RECALLED THAT REBELS FROM HAY’ET TAHRIR AL-SHAM – A GROUP FORMERLY LINKED TO AL-QAEDA – AND IRAN-BACKED FORCES ON WEDNESDAY, AGREED TO EVACUATE PEOPLE IN EXCHANGE FOR THE RELEASE OF MORE THAN 1,500 CIVILIANS AND REBELS HELD IN STATE PRISONS.