BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) first entered ‘Ayn Tarma’s central neighborhoods on Friday, following the announcement of Faylaq Al-Rahman’s agreement to leave the East Ghouta.
Hundreds of Syrian Army soldiers were then filmed entering ‘Ayn Tarma for the first time in years, as residents took to the streets to greet them – please see below:
The Syrian Army is expected to take full control of ‘Ayn Tarma by Sunday, as the remaining Islamist rebels and their family members depart from the East Ghouta to northern Syria.
In addition to ‘Ayn Tarma, Faylaq Al-Rahman and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham agreed to handover the suburbs of Zamalka, ‘Arbeen, and Jobar.
‘Arbeen and Zamalka had been under Islamist control since the advent of the Syrian war; they had long been strongholds for Faylaq Al-Rahman.