Damascus: First Group of Militants Leave Khan Al-Sheih

Damascus: First Group of Militants Leave Khan Al-Sheih

     The fir st group of terrorist groups left Khan al-Sheih town in Western Ghouta of Damascus for Idlib province after reaching an agreement with the Syrian government.

According to al-Mayadeen news channel, the militants left Khan al-Sheih along with their families on 20 buses. Other terrorists are due to leave the town for Idlib on Tuesday.

Based on an agreement with the government, the militants who have decided to leave Khan al-Sheih for Idlib should surrender all their weapons, equipment and ammunition to the Syrian government and present the maps of planted mines and tunnels dug under the town.

Also, the government will give amnesty to those militants who seek to remain in the city after the full withdrawal of terrorist groups.

Also, al-Watan newspaper reported that 1,450 militants, along with 1,400 family members, in Khan al-Sheih have not accepted the government’s amnesty and want to leave the city.

The Syrian army’s devastating attacks and advances in Western Ghouta have forced the terrorist groups in Khan al-Sheih region to ask the government forces for a revival of the negotiations after they pushed the last round of peace talks into failure.

As ceasefire talks was in final stages to give the terrorist groups an opportunity to surrender in return for amnesty or relocate to Idlib province similar to other militant groups in Damascus province, the militants, mainly from the Al-Nusra Front, launched attacks to lift the army siege of Khan al-Sheih town irrespective of the truce and pushed the talks into failure.

After repelling terrorists’ large-scale attacks to lift the army siege in the town of Khan al-Sheih that pushed the peace talks into failure, the government forces intensified their attacks on militants’ defense lines in and outside the town and took full control of more regions.

The terrorists were forced to accept the terms of a truce after they lost over 100 fighters in the Syrian army’s recent anti-terrorism operations in Khan al-Sheih that ended up in the army’s tightening siege of the town.

“The recent victories of the army men in the al-Soqour region have compelled the militants to call on the government forces to declare their consent to the entire terms of the neglected agreement for leaving the region,” several dissident sources said through their social media page.

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