Syrian deal to evacuate tens of thousands of people begins

14 April, 2017, 16:22 | Author: Essie Rivera

After six years of fighting, with help from Russia, Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah, the Syrian government has negotiated the pact from a position of strength.

"It is a staggered movement of population", Abdel Hamid said.

A member of one of the Shi'ite parties earlier said 60 buses were moving through the town of al-Foua.

"Most of the passengers are women and children who started gathering yesterday evening and spent the night in the cold waiting".

The actual implementation of the deal started on Thursday, by a swap of detainees between the rebels and the government forces. The ones who have reached Aleppo will stay where they are until the others moving from Zabadani and Madaya reach the rebel controlled areas. She refused to leave her home and her land.

Some 4.7 million people live in hard-to-reach and besieged areas in Syria, including 644,000 in UN-declared besieged locations.

"We didn't choose it", he said.

New York lawmakers approve free middle class college tuition
Though other places have free community college, NY is the first to make tuition free at four-year public colleges as well. The high cost of college tuition can plague a graduate years after they've received their degree, thanks to student loans.

5 children taken to hospital after accident at Taylors Church
Five children were hospitalized in a bouncy house accident Saturday at a church carnival in Taylors, South Carolina. Strong winds in SC caused two inflatable bounce houses to go airborne Saturday with five children still inside.

Scenes from the 2017 Lucky Egg Hunt
Each child will be allowed to find three eggs and can then redeem them at the registration table for various prizes. Join Hodges Community Center as they host their 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has struck a number deals in the past year which have provided for rebels and their families to leave areas the opposition has held, often after months or years of being besieged by government forces.

"But of course they're going to go back to their cities after the liberation", he said.

The opposition said the deal amounted to a forced demographic change to displace opponents away from the main cities in western Syria.

Twelve opposition fighters and 19 Syrian regime soldiers were released as part of the exchange.

The evacuation of the four villages is expected to take place today, the Syrian Observatory told AFP. They are expected to discuss their next move in the Syria war.

The brutal tactics pursued mainly by the regime, which have included the use of chemical weapons, sieges, mass executions and torture against civilians have led to war crimes investigations.

Recommended:

  • Ocean world near Saturn hotter-than-ever contender for life

    Ocean world near Saturn hotter-than-ever contender for life

    The findings on Jupiter's moon Europa were discovered by the Hubble telescope, NASA said at a news conference in Washington. Forty years ago, scientists on Earth found an astonishing oasis of life clustered around vents at the bottom of the ocean.
    Donald Trump US President refuses to give Bannon a ringing endorsement

    Donald Trump US President refuses to give Bannon a ringing endorsement

    Bannon, on the other hand, threw himself into his mission to establish Breitbart as the voice of populism in the United States. The unusual public, lukewarm support from the boss has Bannon's friends and advisers anxious he will soon be out of a job.
    Uber Fires Back at Google Spinoff in Self-Driving Car Case

    Uber Fires Back at Google Spinoff in Self-Driving Car Case

    At one point Alsup warned he might go as far as to bar Levandowski from working on Uber's program until the litigation is resolved.
  • Zidane meets mentor Ancelotti in Champions League quarters

    Zidane meets mentor Ancelotti in Champions League quarters

    Real coach Zinedine Zidane assumes Lewandowski will play. "I am very disappointed by the penalty miss, but this is football". They will try to have a lot of possession.
    Microsoft Office vulnerabilities mean no .doc is safe

    Microsoft Office vulnerabilities mean no .doc is safe

    He added that the successful exploit closes the bait Word document, and pops up a fake one to show the victim. So, if you receive a shady email message asking you to download the document and open it immediately.
    Gas prices will rise this summer but should remain low

    Gas prices will rise this summer but should remain low

    Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone , iPad, and Android . Following were California ($2.99), Washington ($2.89), Alaska ($2.82) and OR ($2.74).
  • Crackdown: AG Sessions Vows 'New Era' at Southern Border

    He also said the Justice Department plans to add 50 more immigration judges in 2017 and 75 more in 2018. Under the new measures, all adults apprehended at the border will be detained.

    Trump tells newspaper Obama aide might have broken the law

    Trump said the chemical weapons attack in Syria was "an affront to humanity", and it "crossed a lot of lines" for him. The press conference came after Nunes reviewed classified documents that he says he got from a secret source.
    US launches cruise missiles on Syrian airfield

    US launches cruise missiles on Syrian airfield

    Downing Street says it is discussing measures to exert "greater pressure" on the Syrian regime and those who support it. But political experts say with the show of force is risky, with Russian Federation backing Assad.
  • Peter Scudamore: My son can win the Grand National

    We didn't realise we had just bought such an incredible horse, but he has given us such a wonderful journey . It felt like we were accelerating, which you couldn't believe at the end of a four-mile race.

    Mourinho explains why De Gea didn't play against Sunderland

    Manchester United's evergreen striker believes he is football's answer to the fictional character who reverses the ageing process. But Ibrahimovic added: "It was an important three points, especially after games when we haven't got what we wanted".

    Syrian chemical attack victim hits out CNN journalist

    I didn't see you raising your voice against President Obama's inaction in Syria that...made us refugees get kicked out of Syria. McMaster said Thursday when asked about the refugee policy. "Cruise missiles alone are not a solution", said Rep.


Popular

Uganda charges, jails academic for insulting the president
Nyanzi are yet another clear indicator that those who express critical views of the government can face its wrath", Burnett said. Instead, government lawyers applied to have Nyanzi undergo a court-ordered mental evaluation before she could even take pleas.

Janet Jackson splits from husband months after birth of son
Jackson, 50, is worth an estimated $175 million, while her estranged husband, 42, has an estimated net worth of $1 billion. Clap ending for the love story between Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana .

Doctor Who stars give tour of TARDIS in behind-the-scenes clip
Doctor Who returns to BBC One at 7.20pm on Saturday 15 April with The Pilot, the first episode of a brand new twelve-part series.

Taiwan bans eating dog and cat meat
Each year, the festival attracts the wrath of animal rights activists who call the practice of slaughtering dogs inhumane. Amendments to the current legislation could lead to the outlawing of dog and cat consumption by the end of April.

Burger King's Whopper gets prank Wikipedia edits in ad gag
Contrary to reports claiming Google has disabled the functionality, we were just able to summon the Assistant by playing the ad. You don't want to create a situation where consumers are developing resentment".

Inflation remains at above-target 2.3%
Clothing and footwear price tags were also on the rise, climbing by 2% over the period in contrast to a 1% jump previous year . The growth rate, nearly on par with market expectations, quickened from an increase of 0.8 percent in February.

Celebrations as Kinross trained horse wins Grand National
Cause Of Causes came second, Saint Are was third, in fourth place was Blaklion, and finishing fifth was Gas Line Boy. I felt we'd done everything we possibly could to get this horse here.

Impeachment hearings set to begin for Alabama governor
Bentley's candor in investigative efforts", said Jack Sharman, Special Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee. The commission has referred the case to a prosecutor to decide whether Bentley should face criminal charges.

Police track leads in search for Wisconsin gun theft suspect
The newly-released photos of Jakubowski were taken on the evening of Tuesday, April 4th at the Armageddon Gun Shop in Janesville. Police on Sunday also released a social media video that they said depicts Jakubowski's sending a package to Trump.

Six held in St Petersburg over 'IS recruitment'
Patriach Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, led a service at Moscow's main cathedral on Tuesday for the bombing victims. No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Russian trains and planes have often been targeted by Islamist militants.