BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 P.M.) – According to reports from the Russian TASS news agency, a record number of rebel fighters withdrew from Damascus’ East Ghouta region to areas of northwest Syria on Sunday in line with a Russian-brokered evacuation agreement.
TASS claims that some 5,500 militants of the Free Syrian Army affiliate group Faylaq al-Rahman and their family members evacuated from East Ghouta to Idlib province on 81 buses over the course of Sunday.
On the same day, around 4,900 insurgents of Ahrar al-Sham (Muslim Brotherhood affiliate) and their family members that were holed up in the East Ghouta district of Harasta officially departed for Idlib province according to TASS.
Large scale evacuation of rebel forces from East Ghouta commenced almost one week ago with the official capitulation of jihadist militants in Harasta. Since then Free Syrian Army-linked fighters have also agreed to surrender their positions due to an impossible military situation.