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Evacuations underway in Daraya

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 00:52

Preparations are underway in the Syrian town of Daraya to evacuate local residents after rebels and the Syrian army agree to a deal. Julie Noce reports.

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Syrian Arab Red Crescent vehicles arrive in the Damascus suburb of Daraya in preparation to evacuate residents. Syria's army and rebels agreed Thursday to evacuate all residents and insurgents, ending one of the longest stand-offs in country's five year conflict. Around 5000 people will be evacuated from the suburb, that before the war, was home to a quarter of a million people. Daraya was one of the first places to see peaceful protests against President Bashar al Assad and has seen some of the worst atrocities of the war. The United Nations has long been concerned over the use of starvation as a weapon of war by both the rebels and the Syrian Army. Authorities agreed in June to allow food delivers into the area, but just one shipment has made it in since then.

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Evacuations underway in Daraya

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 00:52