300 Syrians Leave Rebel Town Under Daraya Deal


300 Syrians leave rebel town under Daraya deal

MOADIMAYET AL-SHAM, Syria,(APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -2nd Sep,2016) : More than 300 Syrians living in the opposition-held Moadimayet al-Sham district after fleeing fighting in rebel-held Daraya were evacuated on Friday under a deal with the government, state media reported.

The agreement between the regime and the rebels has already seen thousands of civilians and rebel fighters leave Daraya itself after a four-year government siege of the town near Damascus. The civilians evacuated on Friday were mostly women and children, and have been in Moadimayet al-Sham for around three years, after fleeing clashes in Daraya.

Moadimayet al-Sham is also under government siege, but after a truce deal signed in late 2013 has been spared the heavy fighting that has ravaged other rebel-held areas around the capital.

The evacuees walked to the edge of Moadimayet al-Sham, where eight buses were waiting to take them to reception centres elsewhere in Damascus province, an AFP photographer reported.

Soldiers searched their suitcases as they left, and checked their Names against a list. State media said 303 residents of Daraya were leaving Moadimayet al-Sham and would be taken to Hrajeleh, a regime-held district, for processing.

State television said they consisted of 162 children, 79 women and 62 men. "I've been taking refuge here for three years and I hope that life in the reception centre will be better than here," said Roueida, a mother of seven, as she left.