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Syrian rebels Jaish al-Islam refuses to leave Ghouta

Syrian rebels Jaish al-Islam refuses to leave Ghouta

"In all, about 121,000 civilians have left Eastern Ghouta", he said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian Federation have both denied using chemical warfare despite the clear proof on the ground.

Syrians boarded buses to leave a ravaged pocket of Eastern Ghouta on Sunday, in a new wave of evacuations to clear another part of the former rebel bastion.

The regime responded by imposing a crippling half-decade siege on the suburb's 400,000 residents, sealing off access to food, medicine and other goods.

After the departure of Faylaq al-Rahman fighters, the only rebel-held pocket in eastern Ghouta will be the town of Douma which is controlled by the Army of Islam group.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem landed in the Omani capital on Monday for talks with officials, the two countries' news agencies said.

Government forces have taken back up to 90 percent of eastern Ghouta after one of the fiercest offensives in the seven-year civil war. At least 1,600 civilians have died in the carnage, and 5,000 more have been wounded, according to the United Kingdom -based observatory, which gathers information from a network of activists on the ground.

Thousands of Failaq al-Rahman fighters, accompanied by their families, are leaving their zone of eastern Ghouta in a negotiated withdrawal to insurgent territory in northern Syria.

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The Russia-backed Syrian campaign succeeded in splintering the territory held by fractured rebel groups into three shrinking pockets, each held by different rebel factions.

He also stressed that Turkey's stance on the events would be significantly different "if Ankara did not show political will, failing to clinch agreements with Russian Federation and Iran and agreeing with the Syrian Army's operation in the area".

Before they faltered, talks over Douma's fate had envisioned Jaish al-Islam laying down its heavy weapons in exchange for government-provided water and electricity returning to the town.

Similar terms were reported by Syria's pro-government Al-Watan daily.

A potential "reconciliation deal" would see Jaish al-Islam disarm but stay in Douma, according to the Britain-based monitor.

He added that the presence of who he described as "Mujahedin"(holy warriors) near the capital Damascus is a victory for the revolution, and it is necessary to preserve this force, represented by "Jaysh al-Islam".

In his words, Russian military medics offered first aid assistance to 111 Syrian, including 42 children, in the past day. "We couldn't even find fodder to eat".


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