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Buses enter Syrian border town to evacuate fighters under U.N.-sponsored deal

Local | 2015-12-28 10:30:39
Buses enter Syrian border town to evacuate fighters under U.N.-sponsored deal
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Ambulances and buses on Monday entered the besieged rebel-held Syrian town of Zadabadi to evacuate scores of fighters, among them injured, to Turkey under a U.N.-sponsored deal reached by the warring sides, rebel sources in the town told Reuters.

The deal will allow rebel fighters who have been holed up for months in Zabadani, near the Lebanese border, to have safe passage to Beirut airport to then head for their final destination of Turkey under International Red Cross Committee (ICRC) auspices.

Simultaneously, around 300 families in two besieged Shi'ite towns in the mainly rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib will be heading in a land convoy to the Turkish border from where they will then fly to Beirut.

In the Zabadani's next-door town of Madaya, people are still living under harsh and suffocating conditions due to a Syrian regime siege imposed 5 months ago.

Local activists said the starvation policy adopted by regime forces and allied Hezbollah militia is leading to tragic consequences, residents told Zaman al Wasl.

In spite of reaching a conditional ceasefire agreement between regime army and rebels on September 22 that allows the humanitarian assistance for the besieged towns of Zabadani, Madaya in western Qalamoun, and Foua' and Kafraya towns in northern Idlib province, the 5-month-old siege on Madaya is still underway, driving people for 'slow death' due to an imminent famine, locals said.

The prices of smuggled food from regime-held areas are 'hitting the sky, not just soaring', one of the resdidents told Zaman al Wasl.

Syria's war started with a pro-democracy movement that grew into an armed uprising and has inflamed regional confrontations. About 300,000 people have died in the conflict, according to United Nations estimates. (With Reuters)

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