Russia says deal reached with rebels in Syria's Douma: Ifax

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MOSCOW  - The Russian military’s general staff said on Friday it had reached agreement with rebels in the Syrian town of Douma, near Damascus, for the rebels to leave the town, Interfax news agency reported.

Rebels have previously denied Russian reports of a deal.Meanwhile, the Syrian rebel group Jaish al-Islam denied reports on Friday it would leave Douma near Damascus, after Russia said it had reached an agreement by which insurgents would leave the town.

“Our position is still clear and firm and it is rejecting forced displacement and demographic change in what remains of eastern Ghouta,” the Jaish al-Islam military spokesman Hamza Birqdar said in a message posted on his Telegram feed.

Syrian state TV: deal nearly reached for Douma rebels to leave to Idlib BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state TV said on Friday a deal had nearly been reached for rebels in the eastern Ghouta town of Douma near Damascus to leave to the northwestern region of Idlib, citing preliminary information.The Russian military earlier said an agreement had been reached for the rebels to leave Douma, Interfax news agency reported.

The rebel group that controls Douma, Jaish al-Islam , could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reuters)

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