Syrian Army Frees Citizens Abducted by Terrorists in Ghouta

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Syrian insurgents ready to quit last rebel town in Ghouta

On Monday, 26 Syrian military servicemen and civilians were freed from the captivity of the Faylaq al-Rahman group, based on previous agreements. The Syrian Government forces, committed to rebuilding the social and economic infrastructure damaged by the war in Eastern Ghouta, recovered more than 80 percent of this territory from the control of terrorists.

A Syrian boy lifts a cart in a street past destoyed buildings on March 25, 2018, in Douma, in Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

To help the regime capture the rest, Moscow began talks with the rebels in each area.

The departure was part of a deal reached last week between the group and Russian Federation, which is helping its Syrian ally negotiate such deals to clear the last rebels out of Ghouta.

Outside Harasta, Sabah Salloum has also been waiting nervously with her husband and daughter for the release of her son, Ahd, also kidnapped in Adra.The 63-year-old, who wears a long black robe, has sworn not to wear any colours until she is reunited with him. "We all need to be patient", the council said in a statement.

As the buses pulled in, long-lost relatives broke into tears and hugged each other emotionally.

After the full evacuation of the Failaq al-Rahman rebels, only the Douma district in Eastern Ghouta would still be controlled by the rebels.

Gadzhimagomedov, who is the deputy head of the Chief Operational Department at the Russian General Staff, said he expects Russian troops to "take them out soon", and that the rebels have reportedly indicated their willingness to lay down arms.

Russian military police, but not Syria's army, would deploy there.

But divisions within opposition ranks were holding up the talks with some hardliners seeking to sabotage the proposed deal, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. The faction, Jaish al-Islam, says there is "no truth" to the reports.

Syria's pro-government Al-Watan daily said the parties had three days to study the proposal.

Before they faltered, talks over Douma's fate had envisioned Jaish al-Islam laying down its heavy weapons in exchange for government-provided water and electricity returning to the town.

As for Douma, 10 km northeast of the center of Damascus, residents were also torn apart by the effects of a possible evacuation. My father died here.

About 16,000 people have fled Douma using the route in recent days.

One hundred buses carrying 6,749 people - around a quarter of them fighters - left the Faylaq-controlled pocket in the early hours of Tuesday, state news agency SANA said.

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