Evacuation deal completed as rebels leave Damascus district: state TV, monitor

Reuters News
Posted: May 15, 2017 10:07 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An agreement between the Syrian government and rebels to evacuate an opposition-held district of Damascus was completed on Monday as more insurgents left the area, Qaboun, Syrian state TV and a monitoring group said.

State TV quoted the Damascus provincial governor as saying that Qaboun "is empty of militants".

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said hundreds of rebel fighters had left on Monday, headed for areas further east of Damascus or to the northwestern province of Idlib.

On Sunday, more than 2,000 rebels and their family members left Qaboun, state media said.

(Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Toby Chopra)