Head of the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov said on Wednesday that over 7,000 civilians have been evacuated from the besieged settlements of Foua and Kefraya in northern Idlib province under the agreement between militants and the Syrian government.
"The representatives of the Russian and Iranian sides, in cooperation with the Syrian government, reached an agreement with the leaders of illegal armed formations on the evacuation of civilians from the besieged Shiite settlements of Fua and Kefraya in Idlib province. Under the agreement, about 7,000 people left the settlements," the official said.
In March, the Syrian authorities reached an agreement with the country's armed opposition factions on the evacuation of civilians from Foua and Kefraya in exchange for the evacuation of militants and their families from Zabadani and Madaya to Idlib.
Russia, alongside Iran and Turkey, is a guarantor of the ceasefire regime in Syria. Moscow has also been assisting Damascus, both through supporting the struggle against terrorist groups and by providing humanitarian aid to the residents of the crisis-torn country.