After an agreement with the Syrian army radical fighters and their families have left eastern Ghouta. The transport from the city Harasta began Thursday.
About 30 buses took them to the province controlled by jihadists Idlib in the northwest of the country.
Harasta was a stronghold of militants besieged for years in the region. It is the first evacuation of jihadists from Eastern Ghouta.
The Russians saw to the exodus of fighters, as was the case with the evacuation of eastern Aleppo.
It was mainly to members of the movement Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq Al-Rahman, groups with extremist ideas which have received support from countries such as Saudi Arabia.
The Syrian government army in Ayn Tarma suburb in eastern Ghouta was welcomed by cheering crowds.
Residents of Ayn Tarma, about three kilometers from Damascus, took to the streets to welcome the hundreds of government troops as heroes.
Pro-Assad fighters recaptured last week the entire Ayn Tarma Valley. The militants and their families left to the north.
Since the offensive by government forces of President Assad supported by Russian aircraft early this year, 70% of eastern Ghouta is now freed.
Only in some cities such as Douma extremists are still standing.
The Syrian regime should also negotiate now with Jaysh al-Islam, the only remaining extremist group in eastern Ghouta.
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