ISIS militants evacuate main district in Damascus

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Militants of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – Subsequent to fierce clashes with the Syrian armed opposition, militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) evacuated on wednesday a main district in the capital Damascus.

ISIS has reportedly withdrew form Al-Tall district after suffering heavy losses in recent clashes with Syrian rebel groups.

“Daesh gave up after losing a large number of fighters and weapons in clashes with rebel factions in Al-Tall over the last two weeks,” local media activist Ahmed Bayanouni told ARA News in Damascus, using another acronym for ISIS.

On Tuesday, more than 150 ISIS militants surrendered in Al-Tall district.

“The group was forced to surrender under heavy bombardment by the rebel factions,” Bayanouni quoted a Syrian rebel commander in Damascus as saying. 

The militants are expected to head to Raqqa –the ISIS de facto capital in northeastern Syria– after evacuating their strongholds in Al-Tall. 

Thousands of civilians have been suffering a sharp shortage of food and other supplies in Al-Tall district for more than seven months under siege imposed by the Syria regime’s troops.

In the meantime, leadership of the rebel forces in Damascus said there have been negotiations with the regime’s army to lift the siege on Al-Tall and allow supplies to enter the district, especially after ISIS departure.      

Reporting by: Adel Hassan 

Source: ARA News

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  1. Jake says:

    This article is very patchy. Did they surrender to the rebels or gov’t and how will they get to Raqqa? Doesn’t ‘Daesh’ kill its soldiers who surrender, or do special rules apply here?

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