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Syrian Rebels Leave Another Town       04/19 06:12

   BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state media say hundreds of rebels fighters in a town 
northeast of Damascus have handed in their weapons and started to leave under 
an evacuation deal.

   Under the agreement, the rebels are allowed to move with their families to 
opposition-held areas in the country's north, effectively surrendering their 
turf to Syrian government forces.

   The state SANA news agency says the Army of Islam fighters and their 
families are leaving the town of Dumayr on Thursday. The report says 1,500 
rebels and 3,500 of their next of kin are to leave Dumayr for the town of 
Jarablus, near the Turkish border.

   Dumayr is in the Qalamoun mountains, near the eastern Ghouta region which 
came under full government control last week after a weeks-long offensive and 
an alleged chemical weapons attack.


(KA)

 
 
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