Buses arrive to take 2,000 Syrian Islamist fighters out of south Damascus: Hezbollah TV

December 25, 2015 04:32 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 01:02 am IST - Beirut

Two thousand Syrian Islamist fighters, including Islamic State and Nusra Front militants, were expected to be evacuated soon from besieged, rebel-held areas of southern Damascus in a deal brokered by the U.N., Hezbollah TV station said on Friday.

Eighteen buses had arrived in the al Qadm area of Damascus to take them and 1,500 family members away from the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk and adjoining Hajar al Aswad - a stronghold of Islamic State fighters - to areas under the control of Islamic State and other rebel groups, it said.

It was not clear whether the buses were provided by the United Nations or by the Syrian army.

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