Evacuation of pro-Assad villages under way in northwest, says monitor

File photo of convoy of buses evacuating people from Zabadani and Madaya, as part of a reciprocal deal, travels towards rebel-held Idlib, Syria . (Reuters)

The evacuation of thousands of people from two pro-Syrian government villages in the northwest got under way overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a commander in the regional alliance that backs Damascus said.

The villages of al-Fa’wa and Kufriya in Idlib province have been besieged for years by rebel fighters. They are being evacuated as part of a mediated deal between insurgents and the government that includes a release of prisoners held by the government, sources on both sides have said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51