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Reports of Douma evacuation deal ‘not true’: council member

Reported denial by opposition council member comes after state media says Jaish al-Islam agrees to leave besieged town.

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Syrian forces were seen around buses carry civilian and rebels outside Harasta in Eastern Ghouta on March 23 [File: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters]

A council member of Douma in Eastern Ghouta has said reports of a deal to surrender the opposition-controlled town to the Syrian government are not true.

Iyad Abdelaziz was quoted as saying by The Associated Press news agency on Sunday that there was no agreement reached to have the Jaish al-Islam rebel group leave Douma for north Syria and hand over the town to government forces.

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