>> These buses are preparing to take the last rebel fighters out of Eastern Ghouta bringing to an end insurgent control of the territory near Damascus. It appears to be a major win for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in his efforts to clear rebels from around the capital. And for rebel forces it's their worst defeat since being driven out of Eastern Aleppo in 2016.
According to a media unit run by Syrian ally Hezbollah, the Jaysh Al-Islam group reached a deal with the government on Sunday. Under that deal, they will leave the city of Douma, the last rebel bastion in eastern Ghouta. They'll now be evacuated to the rebel held city of Durabalos in northern Syria.
Douma is the largest urban center in eastern Ghouta, a sprawling suburb which is been under rebel control since the start of Syria's eight year conflict. But a ferocious onslaught by the Syrian military backed by Russian airpower has seen insurgent groups strike deals to be evacuated out of the area.
On Saturday, the Syrian army command said it had regained most of the towns and villages in eastern Ghouta and was focusing on Douma. The city was once a bustling commercial hub on the outskirts of the capital. And was the main center of the street protests in the capital suburbs that ignited the conflict.
Syrian state television said rebels will hand over heavy and medium sized weapons and acknowledge the restoration of state sovereignty over the city. There was no immediate comment from.