DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:49 P.M.) – Al-Masdar’s field correspondent in Damascus’s countryside informed AMN that the militants of Khan Al-Sheh began the process of handing over their hostages and heavy equipment to the Syrian Army in line with a reconciliation agreement to relocate them tomorrow to Idlib.
An insider field source revealed that the fighters will hand over all the hostages which number 28 people, 11 of them being military personnel in addition to one officer.
The source added that scores of insurgents will have their cases settled under the presidential amnesty decree. Many civilians displaced from those towns in nearby towns under the control of the Syrian government have already begun preparing for their return to their homes.
The correspondent also noted that the elders of Khan Al-Sheh and the local reconciliation committee are cooperating to extend the agreement to several nearby towns like Kanaker and Sa’sa’ with similar terms to the Khan Al-Sheh reconciliation treaty.
It is worth mentioning that the reconciliation agreement was only reached after the Syrian Armed Forces broke the insurgents’ defensive backbone after isolating Khan Al-Shih from the nearby towns and closing in on its outer farms and districts. With the banishment of the rebel forces from this West Ghouta stronghold along with Al-Tal, Darayya, Moaddamiyah, Qudsiyah, and Al-Hamah, the Syrian government is more secure than ever in its capital as it closes on the militants final holdouts in the Damascus province in Yarmouk Camp and Eastern Ghouta.