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Former al Qaeda fighters in Yarmouk Camp to head Idlib: deal

Local | 2017-04-12 12:19:08
Former al Qaeda fighters in Yarmouk Camp to head Idlib: deal
 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Zaman al-Wasl learnt that an undeclared agreement was recently activated between the al-Assad regime and the Haya’t Tahrir al-Sham based on which, Tahrir al-Sham members and their families along with any besieged families who wish will leave the Yarmouk refugee camp to northern Syria.

A well-informed source revealed that Tahrir al-Sham would hand locations under it controls west of the Yarmouk camp to the al-Assad forces and the Palestinian militias represented by the General Command and the Liberation Army. The source stressed that the agreement would come into effect in the next few days.

Tahrir al-Sham controls areas in Yarmouk camp, the most important of which are Fayez Halawa Hospital and al-Reja square, which is considered the Haya’t’s stronghold in the camp. The Haya’t also control parts of 15th Street, Haifa and Safuriya streets.

The source said that Tahrir al-Sham members leaving the west of al-Yarmouk come as part of the four cities agreement (al-Zabadani, Madaya - Kafarya, al-Fu’ah). The agreement was reached between Jaish al-Fatih and the Hezbollah militia under the auspices of Qatar. One of the articles in the agreement dictates that a ceasefire will be implemented in the towns of Yalda, Beit Samah, and Babila, south of Damascus, and Tahrir al-Sham fighters will leave al-Yarmouk camp for northern Syria.

Sources revealed that an Islamic State delegation made an offer to Tahrir al-Sham to lift the siege on the areas under its control, allow humanitarian aid and medical supplies to entry, and free movement of residents to and from the west of al-Yarmouk, in return for Tahrir al-Sham not handing their locations over to the regime forces and Palestinian militias. According to the same source, Tahrir al-Sham refused the offer made on Monday, April 10, 2017. Upon their refusal, the Islamic State forces began to mobilize militarily to storm the areas controlled by Tahrir al-Sham.

The same source pointed out that Tahrir al-Sham asked residents living near the points of engagement to evacuate their houses for the military action to begin. The source confirmed that violent clashes broke out between Islamic State fighters and Tahrir al-Sham fighters on several axes west of Yarmouk on Tuesday evening.

In a related context, a source confirmed to Zaman al-Wasl that aid recently entered the towns of Yalda, Beit Samah and Babila, south of Damascus, which was included within the terms of the al-Zabadani- al-Fu’ah agreement. The source pointed out that there are calls for residents of the three towns to demonstrate against the abovementioned agreement.

Speaking to Zaman al-Wasl, a commander in a Syrian resistance faction south of Damascus confirmed that the factions in the area refuse the al-Zabadani-al-Fu’ah agreement. The source pointed out that the most important reason for their rejection of the agreement is that the two sides that signed the agreement are hardliners.
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