20 Apr 2018 10:15

Russian military says overseeing militants' exit from Syria's al-Dumayr

HMEIMIM. April 20 (Interfax-AVN) - Militants are exiting the town of al-Dumayr in Syria and are surrendering their weapons, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"The Russian center for reconciliation of opposing sides and Russian military police units have begun withdrawing militants of illegal armed formations and their relatives from the town of al-Dumayr in compliance with security measures," reconciliation center chief Maj. Gen. Yury Yevtushenko said on Thursday night.

Militants leaving al-Dumayr have also turned over four machine guns, one anti-tank grenade launcher, and two sniper rifles to the Syrian Armed Forces as earlier agreed, Yevtushenko said.

Syrian state media outlets reported on Thursday that Jaysh al-Islam militants had already left al-Dumayr and that the Syrian authorities had regained control of the town. It was reported that 1,500 militants and 3,500 members of their families had exited the town.

Jaysh al-Islam militants were recently evacuated from the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta.