September 30, 2018 / 7:40 AM / 3 months ago

First rebel group begins withdrawal from demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that rebel group Failaq al-Sham has started withdrawing its forces and heavy arms from a demilitarized zone in northwest Syria.

The group is the first to comply with a requirement to leave a demilitarized buffer zone set up by Turkey and Russia to avert a Russian-backed Syrian army offensive, Rami Abdulrahman, head of the UK-based war monitor told Reuters.

Rebel sources could not immediately be reached for comment.

Reporting by Dahlia Nehme; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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