BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has not yet entered the strategic town of Douma in the East Ghouta region, the military reported this afternoon.
Despite some reports claiming the army had entered Douma, the Syrian military claimed they will not enter until Jaysh Al-Islam gives them the locations of all tunnels and explosives inside the town.
Jaysh Al-Islam agreed to give the Syrian military this information, but will wait until their last fighters load the buses for northern Syria before they give them the locations.
Another key component to the reconciliation deal is the Syrian Army will only temporarily enter Douma, which is very similar to the other deals in the East Ghouta region.
The purpose of this deal was to assure the rebels in the East Ghouta that the government was committed to reconciliation.