An agreement has been struck today between the Syrian government and armed opposition factions whereby 250 people will leave two pro-government towns in northwestern Syria besieged by Islamist rebels, in exchange of the same number to be evacuated
from a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border.
The predominantly-Shia villages of Foua and Kafraya have been blockaded by Turkish-backed Islamists for more than a year.
On the other hand, the Syrian Army and Lebanon’s Hezbollah imposed a tight siege on the rebel-held towns of Zabadani and
Madaya near the Lebanese borders.
A similar agreement has been reached in last September regarding the four towns but was not fully implemented.