Fighters evacuated from besieged Syria town reach rebel city

Aug 28, 2016, 08:28

The arrivals were the first since the evacuation of the town just outside Damascus began on Friday under an agreement between the government and the rebels.

On Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov "have achieved clarity on the path forward" on ceasefire discussions, but there were "narrow issues" still to resolve.

The organization said Daraya is clear of gunmen and under control of the Syrian army. Some 700 gunmen and 4,000 civilians left the suburb in a fleet of buses bound for Idlib province in northern Syria which is under rebel control.

The U.N., which said it was not consulted over the plan, expressed concern over the evacuation, saying it was imperative that those participating do so voluntarily.

More news: Israeli forces crack down on Palestinian weapons trafficking ring

The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has urged the warring sides in Aleppo to approve safe delivery of vital supplies as soon as possible.

The tanks were hit in the area of the Syrian town of Jarabulus, which Turkish forces helped pro-Ankara rebels seize from jihadists on Wednesday, the Dogan news agency said. Government and opposition forces negotiated an agreement to allow the evacuation to take place in safety. After meeting off and on with Lavrov for almost 10 hours, Kerry said the two "have achieved clarity" on a path to restore a truce in Syria but details remain to be worked out. The group claimed to have captured two Kurdish fighters.

Buses packed with people rumbled past bombed-out buildings in the Damascus suburb of Daraya Saturday.

During one weekend, opposition activists said more than 200 people were massacred there.

More news: Colombia government and FARC rebels ready to announce peace deal

Daraya, which lies in the western Ghouta region, saw some of the first demonstrations against Assad after the uprising against his family rule began in March 2011, during which residents took to the streets, sometimes pictured carrying red and white roses to reflect the peaceful nature of their protests.

But after being surrounded by loyalist forces for four years and subjected to constant heavy bombardment, life in Daraya had deteriorated to intolerable levels.

"The second and final convoy of rebels and civilians came out of Daraya today", Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Long sieges have prompted the rebels to abandon several areas, prompting activists to accuse Damascus of using "starve or surrender" tactics. The U.N.'s humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien, told the U.N. Security Council earlier this year that severe food shortages were forcing some people in Daraya to eat grass.

More news: Hollywood stars pay big to hobnob with Hillary Clinton

  • EE pushes further into content delivery with Apple Music tie-up

    EE pushes further into content delivery with Apple Music tie-up

    EE's latest move makes it the first United Kingdom operator to offer Apple Music for free. The $5 service will only be available to owners of its Echo speaker.
    Uber tests $2 flat rate fares to take on public transit

    Uber tests $2 flat rate fares to take on public transit

    The option to pre-book Uber rides will become accessible to non-business Uber users on Thursday 4pm local time. Uber will hope that some of those people will be tempted over onto its platform as a result of the new feature.

    Durant calls Olympic experience 'therapy' after backlash from joining Warriors

    Ultimately, it looked like the US just needed some game action to find their second gear. The Serbs were held to 4-of-24 shooting from distance, and were outrebounded 53-34.
  • USA  lambasts Europe over Apple's tax

    USA lambasts Europe over Apple's tax

    Apple's tax arrangements had been investigated by Congress in 2013, which led to CEO Tim Cook testifying before the senate. When one country's tax policy hurts a neighbor's revenues, that country should be able to protect its tax base.
    AFP to stage new raid in NBN leaks investigation

    AFP to stage new raid in NBN leaks investigation

    His comments were later criticised by the secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Martin Parkinson. The raids related to the leaking of confidential information from NBN.

    Samsung could be readying a Batman-themed Galaxy Note 7 Injustice edition

    THE Samsung Galaxy Note7 was released by Digicel Fiji yesterday and is now available at their stores around the country. So far, Samsung has kept its C series exclusive to China and most probably the C9 might not hit the other markets too.
  • Suddenly it's Trump sounding soft on illegal immigration

    Jeff Sessions and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani introduced Trump to the stage at the Mississippi Coliseum. She wasn't happy when he changed his immigration stance. "I think this is a mistake".

    Sony brings PlayStation Now to PC, launches DualShock 4 adapter

    But based on testimonies, the PS4 Slim is one and real and has now gained steam of possibly appearing this September 7 in NY . There is also no word as yet on what, if any, spec changes the Slim might have compared to the full size console of the Neo.
    First case of West Nile virus confirmed in Montgomery County

    First case of West Nile virus confirmed in Montgomery County

    Make sure your property is free of any standing water, which could be breeding grounds for mosquitoes that carry the virus. The state health department has identified 195 positive mosquito pools throughout NY so far this year.
  • Suspect in Derbyshire backpacker murder 'bit policeman'

    Suspect in Derbyshire backpacker murder 'bit policeman'

    Mr Ayad was himself injured in the alleged attack, witnessed by more than 30 people and described by police as a "terrible scene". Det Supt Rohweder said: "There has been no indication whatsoever that any radicalisation or political motives exist".
    Bravo's debut for City could come against United

    Bravo's debut for City could come against United

    The England global had been linked with a move to Goodison Park after City boss Pep Guardiola said he could leave. If the transfer window is closed and he is here, he has to stay here, he will be treated like another one.
    State Department issues updated travel warning for Iran

    State Department issues updated travel warning for Iran

    The department also expressed concern over the safety of commercial aircraft in the region due to ongoing conflicts. The Federal Aviation Administration has also issued a warning to civil aviators when flying in or around Iran .