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Nearly 6,800 militants, their families leave Eastern Ghouta on March 26 — Defense Ministry

March 27, 9:00 UTC+3

Twenty six Syrian military servicemen and civilians were freed from captivity on March 26

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MOSCOW, March 27. /TASS/. Nearly 6,800 members of the Faylaq al-Rahman militant group and their family members left the Arbil settlement in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that in the past three days, a total of 13,190 militants and their family members had been evacuated from the settlement.

"As a result of agreements reached by the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides and leaders of the Faylaq al-Rahman group, members of the group continue to leave the Arbil settlement (Eastern Ghouta). On March 26, as many as 6,749 militants and members of their families left the settlement through a humanitarian corridor and were taken to the Idlib province in 110 buses," the statement reads.

"In the past three days, a total of 13,190 militants and their family members were taken to the Idlib province from the Arbil settlement," the Russian Defense Ministry added.

Twenty six Syrian military servicemen and civilians were freed from the captivity of the Faylaq al-Rahman militant group on March 26 based on agreements reached by the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria. "As a result of agreements reached by the Russian Center for Reconciliation and leaders of illegal armed groups, 26 Syrian military servicemen and civilians were freed from the captivity of the Faylaq al-Rahman militant group," the statement reads.

According to the ministry, Syrian police have been protecting the militants and their family members along the entire route supervised by officers from the Russian Center for Reconciliation and representatives of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

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