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    The evacuation of thousands of militants from a captured Syria's refugee camp of Yarmouk in southern Damascus has been suspended, media reported on Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, a local military source told RIA Novosti that a total of 3,500 fighters from the Islamic State (Daesh in Arabic) and the Nusra Front began giving up heavy weapons to the Syrian army in order to be evacuated to areas under control of their groups as part of the agreement brokered by an unnamed third party.

    According to the BBC broadcaster, the reasons of the suspension remain unclear, but could be logistical.

    About 18,000 people are estimated to live in Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp established in 1957. Daesh terrorist group, outlawed in Russia, and other militants overran major portions of Yarmouk in early April.


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