Jihadists 'to quit south Damascus districts': sources

The aftermath of a reported air strike by government forces on the Qadam suburb on the outskirts of the Syrian capital DamascusSome 4,000 people, half of them jihadist fighters, will leave three besieged southern districts of Syria’s capital at the weekend as part of a landmark ceasefire, sources told AFP Friday. Militants from the Islamic State jihadist group and its rival, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front, will reportedly quit the districts of Qadam, Hajar al-Aswad and the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmuk. The second phase of the deal would see government institutions reopen in the neighbourhoods and “the necessities of daily life would be secured”, the official said.

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