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The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Preparations continue to complete the process of evacuating the both towns of Kafriya and Al-Fu’ah and completely end the siege imposed on them amid anticipations for starting to launch the buses in the next few hours

Idlib Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from a number of reliable sources, about getting the buses ready, which entered Kafriya and Al-Fu’ah, inhabited by citizens of Shiite community, in order to evacuate the remaining gunmen and citizens in these two towns which used to be besieged by the factions and Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, and the Syrian Observatory learned that tens of buses have been got ready inside the both towns, in waiting for completing the boarding process of the residents and gunmen to the rest buses, to complete the evacuation immediately after completing the boarding process of people remaining in Kafriya and Al-Fu’ah, whose number approximates 7000 people of citizens and Pro-regime gunmen, where about 100 buses entered the towns as well as the entry of another number of ambulances in order to transport the medical cases.

And the reliable sources have suggested to the Syrian Observatory that the evacuation will be carried out at one batch, where all of people will be brought out simultaneously in one convoy including tens of buses which have entered to carry out the Russian – Turkish agreement with regard to the both towns, where information was received about the fact that residents and gunmen from the towns of Kafriya and Al-Fu’ah have burnt their possessions and the ammunition warehouses in order not the give the chance for the factions to use them, the SOHR also learned that it is expected that tens of people who have been abducted by the rebel and Islamic factions, from Eshtabraq town, will be released, after about 40 persons of them were released weeks ago, and the Russian – Turkish agreement is based on, the handover of the part which is located in Idlib province, of Damascus – Aleppo International Highway, and the release of the remaining abductees of Eshtabraq who are held by the factions, in return for a Russia’s obligation not to carry out a military operation in Idlib and to allow Turkey to take Tel Rifaat area where Iranian forces and the YPG are located, as well as the release of hundreds of detainees and prisoners who were arrested by the regime forces including members of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and of other factions.

The sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the parties of the agreement informed the residents of Kafriya and Al-Fu’ah that the agreement has revealed and reached a final form, while they were not informed about the date of implementing the agreement which is suggested to be carried out in the next few days, and this agreement comes weeks after the failure of an agreement for evacuating about 1200 persons from Kafriya and Al-Fu’ah towards Aleppo, and bringing out a batch of the fighters of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and their families from the south of Damascus, as a part of the implementation of the first stage of the agreement that was reached on Sunday the 29th of April 2018, between representatives of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and between the regime and the Russians, where 200 persons of Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham and their families, who came out of areas controlled by Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham in Yarmouk camp to al-Eiss crossing south of Aleppo at dawn of today, Tuesday of 1st of May 2018, were evacuated at that time, in return for the entry of at least 40 persons from the abductees of Ishtabraq town to regime forces’ controlled areas, in addition to ambulances carrying 18 persons from the towns of al-Fu’ah and Kafriya, they are 5 ill persons with 13 of their escorts, and among them there are 3 women and 7 children, they were gotten out after the refuse of large number of people of the 2 besieged towns to accept the agreement and demanding that they all leave both towns, and the sources of the Syrian Observatory reported at that time, that this discontent was caused by they refused that only about 1000 people will get out, because the people were not confident of the false promises of getting out other batches and getting them all out, where the population of al-Fu’ah and Kafriya is estimated to be 7000 civilians and local gunmen loyal to the regime forces.

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