Jaysh al-Islam reaches final agreement with Russia to evacuate from Douma, Eastern Damascus

Editing Mohammad Alhaj| Translation Muhammad Ghaith| Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen🕔Publication Date: April 8, 2018 7:38:36 PM wireMILITARYPOLITICSforced migration

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On Sunday, the Douma civil negotiation committee reported that Jaysh al-Islam has reached a final agreement with Russia to evacuate the city of Douma and go to Northern Syria.

The committee reported on Telegram that the agreement allows the Jaysh al-Islam fighters, their families, and civilians to evacuate to Northern Syria.

The committee added, "Those who would like to stay in Douma and come to a settlement with the Syrian government will not be prosecuted and not forced to serve in the main or reserve military forces for six months."

The committee said that the agreement included that Russian military police enters Douma to ensure that Syrian government forces and security services do not enter the city. The agreement allows students to return to university after they come to a settlement with the Syrian government.

The committee added that the final agreement allows the opening of a trade crossing after Russian military police enters Douma. The agreement allows a committee of Rif Dimashq governorate to enter the city to settle civil issues in coordination with the civil negotiation committee of Douma.

Local activists confirmed that buses arrived on the perimeter of Douma as Syrian government media outlets reported reaching a final agreement to evacuate the opposition group Jaysh al-Islam to Northern Syria. The activists noted that the Jaysh al-Islam fighters will head to Idlib, while civilians will go to the city of Jarablus in Aleppo.

The Jaysh al-Islam political officials and military commanders did not comment on the recent news regarding the agreement.

The final agreement follows a chemical massacre by the Syrian government forces in the city of Douma on Saturday. The government forces bombed Douma using toxic gases, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians. Following the massacre, the civil committee was optimistic about reaching a final agreement regarding the fate of the city.

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