Syria rebels begin leaving last Ghouta town under deal: state media

Damascus (AFP) – Syrian rebels and civilians began leaving the last opposition-controlled town in Eastern Ghouta on Sunday, state media said, under an evacuation deal with the government. 

State news agency SANA said two buses carrying Jaish al-Islam rebels and their families had exited the town of Douma and would head north to opposition-held territory. 

The evacuations came after accusations Syria’s government had used toxic gas on Douma, which the regime denied.