March 29, 2018 / 6:23 AM / a year ago

Russia says nearly 5,300 rebels left Syria's Arbeen for Idlib - RIA

FILE PHOTO: Rebel fighters man a checkpoint in al-Dana town in Idlib province after they captured the town from fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in Syria January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s defence ministry said on Thursday nearly 5,300 rebels and members of their families left Syria’s eastern Ghouta enclave on Wednesday, news agencies reported.

Rebels left the town of Arbeen for the northern province of Idlib, according to the Centre for Reconciliation in Syria, a body run by the ministry.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh; editing by John Stonestreet

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