"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)



Monday, May 08, 2017

History of Syrian Rebel Pullouts- Naharnet

Hundreds of Syrian rebels and their families on Monday began evacuating from a district in Damascus for the first time since war broke out six years ago.
The rebel pullout from Barzeh comes days after the start of a deal brokered by regime backers Russia and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey for "de-escalation zones" across Syria.
The Syrian government has touted evacuation deals providing fighters who surrender safe passage to other rebel-held territory as "local reconciliation" agreements.
The opposition says they are forced into these agreements after months or years of siege and army bombardment.
The tactic has attracted international concern, with allegations that the government is pursuing a "starve or surrender" policy against opposition areas.
Here are some of the key evacuations that took place in recent months:
- Barzeh, Qabun -Syrian state television said "armed men and some of their families" begun leaving Barzeh Monday morning on buses heading to northern Syria, with the operation to continue for five days.
Those who wanted to say should register with the government, it said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said up to 1,500 people, mostly rebels, would be boarding the buses Monday to Idlib province.