'Biggest' evacuation sees more than 6700 people leave Ghouta

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Eastern Ghouta is effectively lost, which has Jaish al-Islam and Failaq al-Rahman, the main factions, both looking to foist blame on one another for the defeat.

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad closed in on the last rebel bastion in a Damascus suburb where hundreds have died in a convulsion of bloodletting, cementing his victory in the seven-year civil war.

Russian troops said yesterday that they expected to reach an agreement in talks with a Syrian insurgent group that would see it leave the last rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta.

The latest developments come amid reports that Syrian government forces have gained control over 90 percent of the Eastern Ghouta region.

The largest convoy of evacuated militants and their families has departed Syria's Eastern Ghouta as the Syrian army presses ahead with a counterterrorism operation in the suburban area near Damascus.

Separately, he mentioned the forthcoming April 4 summit between Turkey, Iran and Russia in Istanbul, which Yuva said would "give a new dimension to the process of Syrian settlement against the backdrop of the development and strengthening of Russian-Turkish cooperation on Syria". He called on the factions in Southern Syria to take action to support Eastern Ghouta, pointing out that Assad's forces military action will be directed at Daraa and Idlib after getting done with the Ghouta file.

To help the regime capture the rest, Moscow began talks with the rebels in each area.

Harasta's evacuation - which began on March 22 - was the first such deal in eastern Ghouta negotiated by Russian Federation.

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The question is whom the French will blame when the inevitable disruptions to public life occur, Grunberg said. Macron's government has justified its plans by arguing that it was what people voted for last May.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a United Kingdom based war monitor, reported that the last group of evacuees arrived Saturday in the town of Qalaat al-Madiq in Hama province, from where they will head for neighbouring Idleb.

Jaish al-Islam says it is holding out in its part of the enclave in the eastern Ghouta town of Douma.

In previous evacuations about 6,000 people have already left the towns of Harasta, which was controlled by the Ahrar al-Sham rebel group, as well as Irbin, Zamalka, Jobar and the district of Ain Tarma, which were controlled by the Faylaq ar-Rahman rebel group.

Al-Watan quoted Syrian legislator Mohammed Kheir Seiryoul, who is originally from Douma, as saying that the understanding could lead to an agreement to dissolve the Army of Islam.

"But I could never live alongside regime forces".

More than 120,000 crossed the front lines for safety, the Russian military said Tuesday.

"We used to eat every three days".