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Rebels, civilians leave town after four-year siege

Associated Press

This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Local Council of Daraya City, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens gather with their belonging next of a bus, as they prepare to evacuate from Daraya, a blockaded Damascus suburb, on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.


Rebels, civilians leave town after four-year siege

Associated Press

This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Local Council of Daraya City, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens gather with their belonging next of a bus, as they prepare to evacuate from Daraya, a blockaded Damascus suburb, on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.


Rebels, civilians to evacuate long-besieged Damascus suburb

Associated Press

Rebels in agreed to evacuate after four years of grueling bombardment and a crippling siege that has left the sprawling suburb southwest of the capital in ruins. Rebels in agreed to evacuate after four years of grueling bombardment and a crippling siege that has left the sprawling suburb southwest of the capital in ruins.


The Latest: UN says it wasn't consulted on Syria-Daraya deal

Associated Press

Rebels in agreed to evacuate after four years of grueling bombardment and a crippling siege that has left the sprawling suburb southwest of the capital in ruins. Rebels in agreed to evacuate after four years of grueling bombardment and a crippling siege that has left the sprawling suburb southwest of the capital in ruins. Rebels in agreed to evacuate after four years of grueling bombardment and a crippling siege that has left the sprawling suburb southwest of the capital in ruins. Daraya's rebels struck the deal late on Thursday, after four years of grueling bombardment and a crippling siege by government forces that left the sprawling suburb southwest of the capital in ruins.


Reduced to eating grass, last hospital bombed, Assad lets besieged rebels, residents exit Damascus suburb

The Japan Times

BEIRUT – After four years of grueling bombardment and crippling siege, the remaining residents and rebels of a Damascus suburb agreed to surrender and evacuate under the terms of an agreement reached Thursday, Syrian government and opposition activists said. The surrender of Daraya is a success for President Bashar Assad's government only a few miles from his seat of power, removing what has been a persistent threat to the capital and strategic military bases nearby. Syrian state television said that under the terms of the agreement, 700 gunmen will be allowed safe passage out of Daraya to the northern province of Idlib. Around 4,000 women and children will be taken to shelters outside the town, the TV channel said. Hussam Ayash, a Daraya activist and member of the town's local council, said a government delegation dictated the terms of the agreement to a committee negotiating on behalf of the town.