2nd Batch of Militants to Leave Southern Damascus Soon
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A number of buses entered southern districts of Damascus on Friday to transfer the second batch of terrorists and their families to northern Syria.
The militants will be evacuated from the towns of Yalda, Babila and Beit Sahem in southern Damascus, according to a report carried by SANA news agency.
On Thursday, 32 buses evacuated the first batch of the Takfiri militants from the three towns via Beit Sahem corridor after they were thoroughly inspected, the report added.
Since February, the Syrian army backed by Russia, has been engaged in a major military push to cleanse Damascus and the surrounding areas of terrorist groups.
In parallel with the ongoing operation, the government has sought to strike evacuation deals with the militants holed up in the suburban areas around the capital in an effort to decrease the fighting and protect the civilians caught up there.
Such deals usually allow the militants who lay down arms and accept the state rule to stay in the area with their families.
In a significant victory early last month, the Syrian army managed to fully liberate the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, which had long been controlled by militant groups and served as a launch pad for deadly rocket attacks against residents and civilian infrastructure in the capital.
Government forces then went for the districts located south of Damascus, including Yarmouk, which hosts a Palestinian refugee camp.
The camp was held by Daesh Takfiri terror group as well as militants with the so-called Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, al-Qaeda’s former affiliate in Syria.
However, those terrorists are in the middle of pulling out of Yarmouk together with their families as part of a similar withdrawal deal with the government.