Rebels begin evacuating from last opposition pocket of Syria’s Ghouta: state media

Damascus (AFP) – Rebels began evacuating the last opposition holdout of Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on Monday, state television said, a day after regime ally Russia announced a deal for the pocket.

“Two buses carrying a number of Jaish al-Islam terrorists and their families leave the town of Douma,” state television said, adding they would be transported to the rebel-held northern town of Jarabulus.

Russia on Sunday reported a deal had been reached for Jaish al-Islam fighters to leave Douma, but the rebel group has not yet confirmed the agreement.