BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Moments ago, reports came in stating that the last batch of capitulated rebel fighters still present in Damascus’ East Ghouta region are now preparing to evacuate to the northwest Syrian province of Idlib – they are expected to depart the vicinity of the capital during the hours to come.
Part of this final withdrawal of non-reconciling rebel forces is witnessing the destruction of last insurgent bases in the East Ghouta districts of Jobar, Zamalka and Arbeen by evacuating militants that for years were used to store weapons and organize attacks against the Syrian Army.
According to Al-Masdar News journalist Ibrahim Joudeh, the burning of ammo storage sites and headquarter infrastructures by evacuating insurgent fighters has resulted in a thick smoke rising over East Ghouta.
As soon as the evacuation is completed, the Syrian Army will enter the districts of Jobar, Zamalka and Arbeen and assume full control.
Updates to follow.