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    Syrian Militants Lay Down Arms, Start Leaving Tal City North of Damascus

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    Hardline militants have started leaving the city of Tal near Damascus.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — Radical group members besieging Tal on the northern outskirts of the Syrian capital have begun leaving the city as part of a local ceasefire agreement, a military source told RIA Novosti on Friday.

    "The leading of around 1,000 radicals out of Tal began this afternoon. After giving up arms, they will be allowed with their families to leave the area and head to Idlib province controlled by Jabhat Fatah Sham [outlawed terrorist group formerly known as al-Nusra Front]. The authorities allocated a few dozens buses to them for that purpose," the source said.

    Over 700,000 people are estimated to reside in Tal, 7 miles northeast of Damascus.


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