Syria conflict: Besieged towns of Foah and Kefraya evacuated

Members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group, led by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, mount as a procession of busses gets prepared to enter a towns of Fouaa and Kafraya to leave their residents, 18 Jul 2018Image copyright
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Around 7,000 people have evacuated from a dual towns in north-western Syria

The depletion of a final dual besieged pro-government towns in northern Syria has been completed, state TV reports.

Dozens of buses and ambulances arrived on Wednesday to take 7,000 residents and fighters from Foah and Kefraya to government-held domain in Aleppo.

They left underneath a mediated understanding that includes a recover of insurgent prisoners by a government.

The dual especially Shia towns had been underneath encircle by antithesis fighters given Mar 2015.

Syria’s Ikhbariya TV pronounced on Thursday morning that all buses had left and that Foah and Kefraya were now “empty of civilians”.

The prior day, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham pronounced that it had reached a understanding with Syria’s fan Iran and that a supervision would giveaway 1,500 prisoners.

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In Apr 2017, 5,000 people from a dual towns were evacuated to Aleppo, while residents from a rebel-held areas nearby Damascus were taken to Idlib.

However, a understanding was overshadowed by a lethal bombing targeting a Foah and Kefraya evacuees and murdering over 100 people, including dozens of children.

Population swaps have been common during a Syrian conflict, though rights groups including Amnesty International have described such agreements as “forced displacement”.