Syria: Rebels leave enclave near Israeli border after army ultimatum

After Hezbollah, the Syrian Army and the Shi’ite forces gave them an ultimatum to either evacuate or die, dozens of Sunni armed rebels and their families fled Beit Jinn on Saturday, one of the last remaining rebel-held enclaves south of Damascus.
Syria's Douma after an airstrike Photo Credit: EPA-EFE

Dozens of armed rebels and their families evacuated from the Beit Jinn area near the Israeli and Lebanese borders, one of the last remaining rebel-held enclaves south of Damascus. The withdrawal came several days after the rebels received a 72-hour ultimatum from the Syrian Army to either surrender and leave or suffer military defeat.

According to reports by organizations affiliated with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, 153 people left Beit Jinn on Saturday, among them 103 armed rebels. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army, Hezbollah and the Shi’ite militias have increased their attacks on the Sunni rebels near the Israeli border over the past few days.



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