By AFP – May 07,2017 – JORDAN TIMES
Buses carrying Syrian civilians and rebels, evacuated from Al Waer district of Homs, arrive to Jarabulus — which was liberated from the Daesh terror group as part of the operation Euphrates Shield, carried out by the Free Syrian Army with Turkish army support — in Syria, on Friday (Anadolu Agency photo)
DAMASCUS — Negotiations were under way on Sunday on evacuating insurgents and their families from two districts in Damascus, a Syrian military source on the ground told AFP.
If the talks are successful, this would be the first time rebels will have been evacuated from Syria’s capital since the country’s conflict broke out six years ago.
Several evacuations of insurgents and their families have already taken place in towns and cities in Damascus province.
“Negotiations are taking place between intermediaries in the Barzeh and Qabun districts and the authorities on evacuating rebels and their families,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Evacuations from Barzeh could begin as early as Monday, the source added, without elaborating on numbers.
The negotiations follow Saturday’s start of a “de-escalation” process put in place by regime allies Russia and Iran and rebel-backer Turkey in four regions of Syria.
Damascus is excluded from the multiphase safe zones plan.
Rebels and their extremists allies currently operate in five districts of the capital.
MOtion would affect several thousand rebels and civilians, and that its timing was still under discussion.
At the end of April, a vast operation took place in which nearly 11,000 people were evacuated from besieged rebel-held and loyalist areas.
The rebels, who have lost large areas to government forces, have been forced to sign deals to evacuate many of their strongholds.
Syria’s conflict erupted in March 2011 with the repression of pro-democracy protests.
Since then, more than 320,000 people have been killed and millions displaced, and the war has become more complex as regional and international powers have been drawn in.