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Rifts Emerging within Nouriddeen Zinki Ranks on Aleppo Evacuation

16 December 2016 11:06

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Reports said on Thursday wide rifts have emerged within the ranks of Nouriddeen al-Zinki terrorist group on evacuation from Aleppo.

Local sources said while some members of the militant group have opted to surrender themselves to the Syrian Army, others insist on relocating to the outfit’s base West of Aleppo province.

Terrorists who have made up their minds to surrender and lay down their arms have said they would remain in Eastern Aleppo along with their families after receiving amnesty from the Damascus government.

The reports came as the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday afternoon that the first group of militants, including 1,500 armed men and their families, left Eastern Aleppo on buses and ambulances under the ceasefire agreement.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement that ambulances and buses with militants leaving Aleppo are accompanied by Russian servicemen and Red Cross staff.

Also, the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria said that the first convoy of buses with militants has already left Eastern Aleppo.

The evacuation will take place in several stages. In the first stage, a sum of 1,500 militants, including most the wounded rebels and their family members, left Aleppo minutes ago. A sum of 4,000 to 5,000 militants and an estimated number of 10,000 people who are said to be their family members are to leave Eastern Aleppo under the deal.

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