Damascus, Apr 9 (AFP) Syrian rebels and civilians began leaving the last opposition-controlled town in Eastern Ghouta today, state media said, under an evacuation deal with the government.

State news agency SANA said two buses carrying Jaish al-Islam rebels and their families had exited the town of Douma and would head north to opposition-held territory.

The evacuations came after accusations Syria’s government had used toxic gas on Douma, which the regime denied. (AFP) CHT

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