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Syrian Army Asks Militants to Leave Southern Suburbs of Damascus Within 2 Weeks

Sputnik News

19:24 02.12.2016

The Syrian Army's general command asked militants of the Daesh and abhat Fatah al Sham (also known as the Nusra Front) to leave southern suburbs of the Syrian capital of Damascus over the course of two weeks, according to local media reports.

DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – The Syrian Army's general command requested militants to leave southern suburbs of the Syrian capital of Damascus over the course of two weeks, local media reported Friday.

The requirement primarily concerns the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) jihadist group and Jabhat Fatah al Sham (also known as the Nusra Front) militants, whose main outposts are on the territory of the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus, according to the Al-Watan newspaper.

Earlier in the day, a military source told RIA Novosti that around 1,000 militants besieging Tal city on the northern outskirts of the Syrian capital began leaving the city as part of a local ceasefire agreement with the government. After giving up arms, they were allowed to go together with their families to Idlib province controlled by Jabhat Fatah Sham group.

Syria's civil war has been raging for over five years, with armed opposition and terrorist groups, including Jabhat Fatah al Sham and the Daesh, both outlawed in many countries, including Russia, fighting against government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. Violence around the capital started in 2012, when rebels infiltrated the capital's suburbs from the surrounding countryside.

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