March 30, 2018 / 10:21 AM / 10 months ago

Syrian state TV: deal nearly reached for Douma rebels to leave to Idlib

Syrian rebels are seen in the bus leaving Harasta in eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state TV said on Friday a deal had nearly been reached for rebels in the eastern Ghouta town of Douma near Damascus to leave to the northwestern region of Idlib, citing preliminary information.

The Russian military earlier said an agreement had been reached for the rebels to leave Douma, Interfax news agency reported.

The rebel group that controls Douma, Jaish al-Islam, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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