Syria regime prepares evacuation, eyes Ghouta reconquest

Buses entered the last rebel holdout of Syria's Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday in preparation for a possible second day of…

Buses entered the last rebel holdout of Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday in preparation for a possible second day of evacuations as the regime eyed the total reconquest of the enclave.

Evacuations of Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former bastion’s main town of Douma started Monday under a Russia-brokered deal.

Jaish al-Islam has not yet confirmed the accord, amid reports hardliners within the group were refusing to leave their positions.

The reported deal is the latest in a string of agreements that have seen tens of thousands of people — rebels and civilians — leave the onetime stronghold outside Damascus for the north of the country.

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