Rebel fighters evacuate Al-Qadam district in south Damascus (Source: The New Arab / Getty Images).

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:55 A.M.) – According to new reports from semi-official Russian sources, several hundred militants and at least one thousand of their family members have been evacuated from the district of Al-Qadam in southern Damascus.

Reports from the TASS news agency claim that some 300 armed gunmen and ‘more than 1,000’ relatives left the south Damascus suburb for the town of Qalaat al-Mudiq in northwestern Hama province.

Qalaat al-Mudiq (for many years an unbreachable rebel stronghold) fully reconciled with the Syrian government less than one week ago following a breakthrough in Russian-mediated inter-faction talks.

The voluntary withdrawal of insurgent fighters from Al-Qadam was part of a deal struck as early as September 2017, but since took six months to realize.

Islamic State forces reacted with an offensive on the district amid the withdrawal of rival militants but were rebuffed by the Syrian Army who eventually assumed control of 70 percent of it following a day of heavy clashes.

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So we can see that the militants can evacuate, they can surrender their arms and be free into the conflict ongoing and lead to Hama area. They wouldn’t be fought if they wouldn’t have any weapons. So if they are securing themselves, I clearely know as for my own that they have to eat and sleep and everything so, they would be better off with food instead of weapons, but we have to get rid of black markets, economic disturbances into fighting in hope that peace will follow the promesses of the religion that cares with Sanctus Spiritus (no discrimination… Read more »

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Stern Daler

Cheaper for both sides in money and blood. Reconciliation of interests at least. Amen

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They won’t live peaceful lives there, they will soon join IS and return to fight the Syrian Army.