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Syrian rebels reach evacuation deal in Eastern Ghouta town: rebel sources

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A man who fled eastern Ghouta gestures as he receives aid from Russian forces at a shelter in Adra, near Damascus, Syria, March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

AMMAN (Reuters) – A Russian-brokered deal has been reached to evacuate a Syrian rebel group from a town in Eastern Ghouta to opposition-held northwestern Syria in the first such deal in the last remaining rebel bastion near the capital, two opposition sources said on Wednesday.

They said fighters from Ahrar al Sham rebel group in control of the besieged town of Harasta had agreed to lay down their arms in return for safe passage to insurgent-controlled areas and an offer to be pardoned under local reconciliation terms with the authorities for those who want to stay.

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