First evacuations from Damascus rebel district

Syrian rebels and their families has begun evacuating from a district of Damascus for the first time, bringing the government closer to recapturing all of the capital.
The evacuation began days after regime backers Russia and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey signed a deal to implement “de-escalation zones” where the government and opposition will halt hostilities.

The evacuation deal was struck late on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the office of the UN mediator confirmed that a new round of United Nations-backed peace talks for war-ravaged Syria is set to begin in Geneva next week.


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