Searching for a new safe passage to complete the implementation of the Qalamoun agreement after bombing by the International Coalition on its road east of Deir Ezzor • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
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Searching for a new safe passage to complete the implementation of the Qalamoun agreement after bombing by the International Coalition on its road east of Deir Ezzor

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that searching for a safe passage is continuing, where the convoy of the “Islamic State” organization which is coming from the barren mountains of Qalamoun, can complete its way to the countryside of Deir Ezzor, reliable sources confirmed that searching by the both parties of the agreement between the Lebanese Hezbollah and ISIS, is still continuing to start moving the convoy towards this new road, which has not been defined yet, to be a passage to the convoy towards Deir Ezzor, this process came after the International Coalition’s warplanes targeted the road of the convoy in the south-east of Deir Ezzor, where the convoy is still stopped in Hmimeh area at the administrative border of Homs with Deir Ezzor, and it is carrying hundreds of members of the “Islamic State” organization of who withdrew from the barren mountains of the Western Qalamoun at the Syrian-Lebanese border in the north-western Rif Dimashq, this process of searching is carried out in two directions either towards the east of Hmimeh area or towards Al-Kum and Jabal Al-Bishri.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published yesterday that the convoy of who are coming out of the barren mountains of the Western Qalamoun in Rif Dimashq, is still stopping in the controlled areas of regime forces in Hmimeh area which is located in the far eastern countryside of Homs, at the administrative border with Deir Ezzor Province. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the convoy which came out on Sunday the 28 of August 2017, from Rif Dimashq heading towards areas controlled by the “Islamic State” organization in Deir Ezzor, and which is carrying hundreds of members of the organization and their families, was learned that it is waiting for a permission to move to the areas controlled by ISIS in Dier Ezzor province, and a mystery about the reasons for preventing it from leaving Hmimeh area till now, and it is not known if regime forces stopped the operation in an attempt to receive the prisoners and missing people of regime forces and gunmen loyal to them of who the organization has.

that the convoy which carry hundreds of members of ISIS and their families arrived at the administrative border between Homs and Deir Ezzor provinces, where an exchange of buses are taking place in which the fighters of ISIS and their families are taken from buses coming from Qalamoun to buses and ambulances brought by the “Islamic State” organization, to transport its fighters and their families to its controlled areas inside Deir Ezzor province, where ISIS controls most of it, the buses launched on Monday the 28th of August 2017, from the barren mountains of the Western Qalamoun adjacent to the Syrian-Lebanese border, towards Deir Ezzor.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published yesterday that the convoy moving hundreds of ISIS members along with their families from the Western Qalamoun continues its way towards Deir Ezzor Province. The convoy, which started its journey a few hours ago, is still within the borders of Rif Dimashq Province. It is expected to arrive at Deir Ezzor Province, which is mostly controlled by ISIS, anytime during this morning. The SOHR published a few hours ago that the convoy transferring ISIS members and their families has begun its journey from Al-Sheikh Ali Crossing area in the barrens of the Western Qalamoun at the Syrian-Lebanese Border heading towards Deir Ezzor Province, which is mostly controlled by ISIS. Buses first gathered yesterday morning, the 28th of August 2017, in the barren mountains of Al-Qalamoun in order to take the second step stipulated in the agreement after ISIS had handed over the dead bodies in their possession. As a result, the regime forces and the Lebanese Hezbollah have now regained full control over the Syrian-Lebanese border, except for several kilometers in the southwestern part of Rif Dimashq, opposite to Shab’a Farms.

This agreement came after 12 days of targeting the barren mountains of Al-Qalamoun with shelling, military operations and raids. Once ISIS members move from Al-Qalamoun to Deir Ezzor, the regime forces would regain full control over the Syrian-Lebanese border except for the area opposite to Shab’a area, which is adjacent to the southwestern part of Rif Dimashq. The SOHR published on the 15th of August 2017 that tens of buses transporting civilians and fighters of Ahl Al-Sham Brigades and their families reached Al-Rahiba town in the eastern Qalamoun. The Convoy, which consisted of 40 buses and 14 Red Cross-affiliate Vehicles carrying at least 2000 people, including 300 fighters of Ahl Al-Sham Brigades along with their families, entered the town of Falita in the Syrian territories coming from Lebanese territories. The buses were heading to the area of Al-Rahiba in the Eastern Qalamoun. The Syrian Observatory learned that tens of families chose to go to the regime-controlled areas, while reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory that the young men refrained from returning to the Syrian territories for fear of being recruited by the pro-regime Qalamoun Shield Forces. It is worth mentioning that this operation comes as part of the agreement, which was reached on the 3rd of August 2017, to evacuate the people from the Syrian barren hills of Falita and the Lebanese barren hills of Arsal in exchange for handing over the prisoners of the Lebanese Hezbollah who were held by Hayaat Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib to which a convoy carrying at least 8 thousand people, including hundreds of members and fighters of Hayaat Tahrir Al-Sham along with their families, arrived.