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Thousands of Syrians evacuated from Damascus district

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 01:01

According to state media more than 2,000 rebels and their family members have been evacuated from the district of Qaboun on the edge of Damascus . Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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THIS EDIT CONTAINS USER GENERATED CONTENT THAT WAS UPLOADED TO A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE. IT HAS BEEN CHECKED BY REUTERS' SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM AND REVIEWED BY A SENIOR EDITOR. REUTERS IS CONFIDENT THE EVENTS PORTRAYED ARE GENUINE ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. More than 2,000 rebels and their family members were evacuated from the district of Qaboun on the edge of Damascus after more than two months of aerial strikes and artillery shelling, state media said on Sunday (May 14). Videos posted on a social media website on Sunday and Monday (May 15) purportedly showed the evacuation taking place. Syrian state media said 2,289 people had left the district to rebel-held Idlib province on Sunday, half of whom were fighters. Rebels put the total figure at more than 1,500 people. The rebels had agreed Sunday night to a secret evacuation deal after being cornered in a small pocket of Qaboun, which lies on the northeastern edge of Damascus. The area has been largely reduced to rubble after being struck by hundreds of aerial strikes and missiles over a period of about 80 days. The Syrian army had resumed its intensive bombardment of the district on Wednesday (May 10) after a one-day ultimatum it gave the rebels mainly drawn from the area to surrender and agree to evacuate to rebel-held areas in northern Syria.

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Thousands of Syrians evacuated from Damascus district

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 01:01