Evacuations begin from Syria’s Quneitra province

Photo: Anadolu

Hundreds of people were evacuated Friday from Syria’s southwestern Quneitra province to opposition-held parts of Idlib, in line with an agreement between the Assad regime and armed opposition groups.

According to Anadolu Agency correspondents based in the area, a first convoy of evacuees has already set out from Quneitra to Idlib.

Under the terms of the agreement, a total of 1,500 people — in 40 vehicles — are expected to leave the southern province, which is located adjacent to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights region.

The agreement provides opposition fighters with safe exit to Idlib in exchange for surrendering their heavy weapons.

A similar deal was implemented recently in Syria’s southern Daraa province, according to which regime forces — along with Russian military police — were allowed to deploy along the nearby border with Jordan.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.

Source: Anadolu

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