Evacuations from besieged pro-regime towns complete in Syria

21 July, 2018, 19:53 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Some 6,000 people will leave emptying out the mostly Shiite villages of Al Foua and Kefraya. — Reuters

Iran, which backs President Bashar al Assad against the mainly Sunni insurgents and has expanded its military role in the country, has long taken a interest in the fate of its co-religionists in the two-besieged towns.

The sieges have seen food and medical supplies run desperately low, with rebels - mostly from the jihadi Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance - periodically shelling the villages.

Surrounded and bombed by hostile factions, the towns had become a rallying cry for the government and its ally Iran.

The evacuation deal is not the first that has been reached for the area.

Starting early Wednesday, a series of barricades on the road leading into the town were removed to let dozens of vehicles in, an AFP correspondent there said.

Government forces raised the Syrian flag over the large Daraa suburb of Busra al-Sham, after rebel fighters agreed to be evacuated to Idlib.

Armed HTS militants stood on the roadside as the convoy of evacuees inched past, with pro-regime militiamen and regular civilians sitting solemnly on board and staring ahead.

"As the buses entered government-held areas, the government started releasing detainees, as per the deal", Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Ambulances reportedly transporting prisoners realeased from regime jails.

Around 6,000 people will leave the area on 88 buses in a deal brokered by rebels and Iranian-backed forces.

'Buffy' Reboot Reports Get Mixed Reaction From Fans Of Original Show
This show will serve as a reunion for Owusu-Breen and Whedon, who previously worked together on Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. The reboot will be developed by Fox 21 TV Studios, which plans to pitch it to cable and streaming networks.


Celtics re-sign Smart to 4-year, $52 million deal
After the Celtics lost in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, Smart said that he's worth "more than 12-14 million". While the 24-year-old wasn't flashy stats wise, that's not the reason why the franchise has given him an extension.


Vladimir Putin’s soccer ball gift to Donald Trump gets routine security check
A White House official says Friday that those issues include Russian meddling, nuclear proliferation, North Korea, Iran and Syria. It was not clear whether such a meeting would take place before or after the November congressional elections in the U.S.


But the evacuation of the remaining 7,000 people in al-Foua and Kefraya in exchange for the release of 1,500 detainees prisoners never went through.

An HTS source said the group's fighters had entered the towns after the evacuation was complete.

Those forces had allowed the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to deliver aid to the towns in exchange for similar deliveries to two regime-besieged towns near Damascus. Residents of a third town, Ishtabrak, are being evacuated to the coastal region of Latakia.

In April 2017, 112 people from both towns were killed while reaching a rebel-held area in Aleppo, when rebels detonated a vehicle bomb near the buses transporting them.

The April evacuation was halted after a blast killed 150 people, including 72 children.

These areas were captured by the regime following local deals and punishing military offensives.

Thousands of people will be evacuated from two besieged pro-government towns in Syria in exchange for the release of prisoners held in government jails, a monitor said on Tuesday.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.

The militant-held towns of Zabadani and Madaya near the Lebanese border are under siege by Syrian government forces.

Both victories followed crushing government sieges and heavy bombardment. Assad has vowed to recover the entire country, and Idlib province is the last major insurgent-held part of Syria.

Recommended:

  • Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launches rocket farther than ever

    Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launches rocket farther than ever

    Perched on top of the vehicle is a capsule for crew members, which the rocket carries skyward during flight. Blue Origin is developing a much bigger rocket, called New Glenn, as an orbital launcher.
    Woods has mixed bag and another 71 at British Open

    Woods has mixed bag and another 71 at British Open

    The one shot Woods would like to have back was the 13th, where he made a 15-foot putt for par. "So, yeah, I think it's important". He was nice to me. "He was nice to me". "Yeah I do (enjoy it), three-times major champion Spieth told reporters".
    Russian shipwreck could be laden with lost gold: The Cube

    Russian shipwreck could be laden with lost gold: The Cube

    A South Korean Financial Ministry official responsible for the issue said that Russian Federation may be able to claim ownership. South Korea's financial supervisory service subsequently warned that it will be keeping a close eye on trading around Jeil.
  • Chinese firms tied to 200 anonymous Airbus air show orders

    Chinese firms tied to 200 anonymous Airbus air show orders

    Airbus meanwhile won a provisional order for 10 A320neo jets from SaudiGulf, industry sources said. The move comes just one day after the carrier placed an order for Boeing 737s.

    Starless Manchester United turn off US

    Can they do it under Mourinho? "He will not be ready for the start of the season but we think he'll be ready for September". The France worldwide impressed at the World Cup this summer and has been touted as a future captain for the Red Devils.

    Scientists discover new ‘Meghalayan age’ in Earth’s history

    The proposals were developed by a dedicated, worldwide team of Holocene scientists led by Mike Walker of the University of Wales. The most recent phase, The Meghalayan Age , is based on the evidence of the climatic event found in sedimentary records.
  • Duck boat design flagged years ago after fatal accident in Arkansas

    Duck boat design flagged years ago after fatal accident in Arkansas

    Officials would later say the second duck boat dangerously churned up and down through the waves but made it to shore. Dozens of people left flowers, cards and balloons at a vigil held Friday at the Ride the Ducks building in Branson.
    ISIS fanatic guilty of planning to behead Theresa May and attack Parliament

    ISIS fanatic guilty of planning to behead Theresa May and attack Parliament

    He also spoke about using a suicide belt, a drone, an improvised explosive device and poison, referred to as "P" or "curry mix". A British man of Bangladeshi origins was found guilty, on Wednesday, of a plot to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May .
    4 indicted in Florida shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion

    4 indicted in Florida shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion

    He also drew criticism over bad behaviour and multiple arrests, including charges that he severely beat and abused his girlfriend. Other evidence includes mobile phone video and photos with three of the suspects holding large amounts of money, police said.
  • Cambage breaks WNBA scoring record with 53-point game

    Cambage breaks WNBA scoring record with 53-point game

    She surpasses an old teammate, Riquna Williams who scored 51 points in a game from 2013 when she was a member of the Tulsa Shock. Glory Johnson and Allisha Gray each added 13 points for Dallas (13-9), which won its first home game against NY since 2016.
    United Nations  diplomats: Russian Federation  and China block U.S.  on North Korea oil

    United Nations diplomats: Russian Federation and China block U.S. on North Korea oil

    These actions are all "generating significant revenues for the regime and they must be stopped", he said. Mr Pompeo reiterated that he had made progress in his talks in North Korea.

    Trump says those criticizing his 'too nice' stance on Putin are hypocrites

    He mentioned London-based financier Bill Browder, a onetime investor in Russian Federation who said he exposed corruption there. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that meetings between US and Russian presidents should become "normal" again.


Popular

Trump escalates his war with the Fed
Trump's comments came shortly after CNBC aired an interview with the president in which he bashed the Fed's planned rate hikes . The Fed has raised interest rates five times since Trump took office in January 2017, extending the campaign it began in 2015.

Novichok victim released from United Kingdom hospital after poisoning
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will analyse the substance before reporting back its conclusions. His partner Dawn Sturgess , 44, died after handling an abandoned bottle which is believed to have contained the nerve agent.

Adaptive optics lifts Earth's atmospheric veil to reveal a sharper cosmos
These atoms serve as laser guide stars, and the light they bounce back is used to measure atmospheric turbulence. MUSE is not the only instrument to benefit from the Adaptive Optics Facility.

Inquest opens into British woman poisoned by nerve agent
Although police said there was no suggestion that the couple had been deliberately targeted, a murder investigation was launched. Several Russians were involved in the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the Press Association says.

Remains of 8 victims identified in Canada serial killer case
Idsinga said police are still receiving tips from around the world. "I don't know if it stops at eight (victims)", Idsinga said. Toronto police say they've now identified the remains of all eight men they believe were murdered by Bruce McArthur .

State Actors Likely Behind Singapore Biggest Ever Cyberattack
According to the statement , SingHealth lodged a police report on 12 Jul 2018 and police investigation is ongoing. An SMS message will be sent to all patients over the next five days.

It's Official, Faith Evans and Stevie J Got Married In Las Vegas
The sources think Stevie J knew if Faith started telling friends and family she was marrying him, they would talk her out of it. She collaborated with P Diddy on the huge hit I'll Be Missing You, which was dedicated to her late husband.

Glass trailer: M Night Shyamalan previews superhero film
When asked what separates Glass from other superhero movies , Shyamalan said "The reason to see the movie is the performances". Glass , which hits theaters on January 18, 2019 , is billed as the "culmination" of Shyamalan's trilogy.

Guardiola says Manchester City trying to find solution for 'professional' Joe Hart
City are scheduled to face Borussia Dortmund , Liverpool and Bayern Munich over the next 11 days as part of the International Champions Cup.

Turkish vice president blasts new Israeli law
Ayman Odeh, the head of the Arab Joint List, pulled out a black flag and waved it during his speech, warning of the implications of the law.