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Militant-held towns north of Damascus in Syrian army's hands

A Syrian rebel fighter waves as a bus bringing a new batch of evacuees from Waer, the last opposition-held district of Syria's 3rd city Homs, arrives in the city of al-Bab in the northern Aleppo province at sunset on April 18, 2017. © AFP

Mohamad Ali
Press TV, Damascus Countryside

The second phase of an evacuation deal between the Syrian government and foreign-backed militants has gone into effect. Hundreds of militants left their positions near the capital Damascus to join their comrades elsewhere. In exchange, civilians were bused out of militant-held areas to be accommodated in regions controlled by the Syrian army.

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