New buses from Southern Damascus enter Qalat al-Madiq city
Hama - SMART
On Tuesday, new buses carrying men, women, and children from Southern Damascus entered the city of Qalat al-Madiq in Hama, Central Syria. The group left Southern Damascus as part of an agreement between the Syrian government forces and the Islamic State (ISIS).
A local activist told SMART that the buses were carrying about 175 people, most of them women and children. They went to the Sa'ad camp in Idlib, Northern Syria, in 10 minibuses.
On Monday evening, a convoy from Southern Damascus carrying about 400 women, 175 children, and 10 seriously injured people, arrived in Qalat al-Madiq. Among the women were previously detained women who were released by the Syrian government in agreement with ISIS.
There were conflicting reports about the destination of the first group. Some activists said that the group went to the western countryside of Aleppo, and other activists said that a part of the group went to Idlib while another part remained in Qalat al-Madiq.
The Syrian government and ISIS reached an agreement to get ISIS members and their families out of neighborhoods in Southern Damascus to go to the Syrian steppe in Eastern Syria. However, the Syrian government denied the agreement with ISIS, and seized the neighborhoods a day later.
Activists said that hundreds of ISIS members arrived in the as-Suwayda steppe in Southern Syria without their families, coinciding with the convoy's entry to Qalat al-Madiq.