The Arabic-language al-Sharq al-Awsat daily reported that more that 5,000 gunmen and their family members have applied for leaving Lebanon’s heights for Idlib or Qalamoun, adding that the move is carried out based on an agreement concluded between the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board).
In the meantime, Rima Karnabi, an aide to the Mayor of Arsal, said that in accordance with the agreement 850 families along with the gunmen of Al-Nusra will leave al-Qasir region for Idlib, while 150 more families along with militants of Saraya Ahle al-Sham will be relocated to Qalamoun region.
“Those who want to go to Idlib will take Jousiyeh-Ra’as Ba’albak road and those who intend to go to Qalamoun will go through the Arasal heights,” Karnabi added.
Sources in the Free Army said the gunmen and their family members might arrive in Idlib in next two days.
A well-informed local source said on Saturday that based on an agreement concluded between the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Al-Nusra Front, the latter would leave the town of Arsal in Eastern Lebanon.
Karnabi reported that according to the deal concluded between Hezbollah and Al-Nusra, a 200-member group of terrorists along with their commander Abu Malik al-Tali would leave Arsal without any clashes.