World New deal for rebel exit from Syrian town: state media

15:49  17 april  2018
15:49  17 april  2018 Source:   AFP

Russia says Syrian government now in control of rebel town

  Russia says Syrian government now in control of rebel town The Russian military says the Syrian government is now in full control of town on the outskirts of Damascus that was held by the rebels and that was the site of suspected chemical attack over the weekend. The Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the situation in the town of Douma, just east of the Syrian capital, is "normalizing.

The towns are located in a section of the Turkish- Syrian frontier where Turkey has carved out a buffer zone controlled on the ground by its military and allied fighters from Free Syrian Army rebel groups that are hostile to Assad. Under the deal , Syrian state media said Jaish

Russian Federation expects to reach an agreement with a major Syrian rebel group to arrange its exit from the last rebel -held town in eastern Ghouta. State Dept. wants to ask visa applicants for social media info -. Economy.

A Syrian man looks on as buses with Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families arrive at a checkpoint near the Syrian town of al-Bab in the northern Aleppo province on April 14. © NAZEER AL-KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images A Syrian man looks on as buses with Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families arrive at a checkpoint near the Syrian town of al-Bab in the northern Aleppo province on April 14. Syrian state media reported on Tuesday that rebels from the Jaish al-Islam faction would quit another town east of Damascus, just days after evacuating their main bastion outside the capital.

State news agency SANA said a new deal had been inked for the rebels to exit the town of Dumayr, around 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus.

Jaish al-Islam had maintained control over the town since 2016 under a "reconciliation" agreement with regime forces, whereby they would not fire at each other.

Russia says Syrian government now in control of rebel town

  Russia says Syrian government now in control of rebel town The Russian military says the Syrian government is now in full control of town on the outskirts of Damascus that was held by the rebels and that was the site of suspected chemical attack over the weekend. The Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the situation in the town of Douma, just east of the Syrian capital, is "normalizing.

Syria ’s internal security forces entered Douma on Saturday, state media reported, saying the final rebel holdout on the edge of Damascus would be secured within “hours”. Under the deal , Russian military police were to deploy in the town but Syrian forces were not to enter.

Rebels are seen in a bus as they are evacuated from the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria April 1, 2018. Under the deal , Syrian state media said Jaish al-Islam would hand over heavy and medium -sized weapons and acknowledge the restoration of the Damascus

But the new deal, SANA reported, "provides for the departure of around 1,000 terrorists from Jaish al-Islam to Jarabulus," a rebel-controlled northern town.

Rebels had already begun handing over heavy weapons as part of the agreement, it said. Jaish al-Islam has not commented on the deal.

It comes three days after Jaish al-Islam evacuated the last opposition-held town in the onetime rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta. Their departure paved the way for the Syrian army to declare its full control over Ghouta, after a ferocious two-month military assault on the enclave. The offensive ended with a trio of evacuation deals that saw tens of thousands of rebels and civilians bussed up to northern Syria.

a man riding a bicycle down the street: Saturday's suspected  chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma has reportedly killed up to 40 people and put new focus on the already seven year-long Syrian Civil War. The conflict has reportedly claimed the lives of as many as  half a million people, caused the worst refugee crisis since WWII, and destroyed so many cities and so much infrastructure that the cost to rebuild is an estimated  $200 billion. What started as street protests turned into a civil war, and has now erupted into a war that involves dozens of nations (directly or indirectly), hundreds of armed groups, and four main sides.Despite all that, the war continues - and shows no real signs of stopping anytime soon. Take a look here at how the conflict unfolded:Veronika Bondarenko contributed to a previous version of this story. Trump is warning Russia to get ready for a US missile strike on Syria — here's what's happened over 7 years of conflict

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U.S. says chemical arms inspectors still have not entered site of Syrian attack

  U.S. says chemical arms inspectors still have not entered site of Syrian attack The United States believes inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog have not yet been able to enter the site of the April 7 alleged chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Tuesday. Nauert said she was aware of reports from Syria that inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had been able to see the site but "our understanding is that the team has not entered Douma.

and their families ,from their former rebel bastion of Douma , arrive at the Abu Al-Zindeen checkpoint controlled by Turkish-backed rebel fighters near the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab -AFP. Damascus: A new group of rebels and other civilians left Syria ’s Douma on Friday, state media said

A suspected chemical weapons attack occurred over the weekend in the besieged rebel -held town of Syrian state media is reporting that dozens of civilians who had been held for years by a rebel Under an evacuation deal for eastern Ghouta that was mediated by Russia, Assad's top ally, no

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said Tuesday that government forces were keen to clear out the armed opposition from any territory near Damascus.

"Regime forces, after taking all of Eastern Ghouta, want to finish off the rest of the rebel fighters around the capital so they can secure it," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman. "This is why they're replacing the reconciliation deals with evacuation agreements," he told AFP.

Similar rebel departures were being negotiated for other nearby towns and for areas south of Damascus including Yalda, Beit Saham, and Babila, the Observatory said.

Meanwhile, government forces were preparing an assault on neighborhoods in southern Damascus held by the Islamic State group.

The Observatory said Tuesday that regime forces had fired dozens of shells and rockets onto the areas overnight and that IS had retaliated with shelling on Damascus that left one child dead.

Syria probe mission on hold amid security fears .
The world's chemical arms watchdog froze its probe into an alleged chemical attack near Damascus Wednesday, demanding "unhindered access" after a United Nations reconnaissance mission came under fire. Four days after reaching the Syrian capital, international inspectors had yet to begin their field work in Douma, where dozens were killed in a suspected gas attack widely blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's forces.The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said its fact-finding mission (FFM) would be forced to stay put in Damascus if its safety was not guaranteed.

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