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Syria civil war: Civilian evacuations from besieged eastern Ghouta begin as rebels vow to keep fighting

‘I don’t want to leave eastern Ghouta. My children grew up here, it’s my home’: families pack bags ready to flee

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Children look through a bus window during evacuation from the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on Tuesday Reuters

The largest rebel group in besieged eastern Ghouta has vowed to keep fighting, even as the Syrian government pushes on with an assault that has captured more than half of the rebel enclave.

“Our revolutionary ideology does not allow us to sell the blood of the holy warriors who liberated Ghouta,” Hamza Bayraqdar, the Army of Islam’s chief military spokesperson, said in a video posted online on Tuesday.

“We will stay in Ghouta and defend it.”

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The Independent

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