March 30, 2018 / 10:46 AM / 25 days ago

Syrian rebel group denies reports they will leave Douma

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian rebel group Jaish al-Islam denied reports on Friday it would leave Douma near Damascus, after Russia said it had reached an agreement by which insurgents would leave the town.

A boy is seen on rubble of damaged buildings in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh/Files

“Our position is still clear and firm and it is rejecting forced displacement and demographic change in what remains of eastern Ghouta,” the Jaish al-Islam military spokesman Hamza Birqdar said in a message posted on his Telegram feed.

Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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