The Daesh Takfiri militants and their families have begun to evacuate Syria’s strategic and mountainous region of Qalamoun close to the border with Lebanon, and head towards eastern part of the country as part of a negotiated deal to end the extremists’ presence there.
Lebanese and Syrian media reported that an unidentified number of militants and their families headed in buses toward the Daesh-controlled city of al-Bukamal, which lies on the Euphrates River in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr and near the border with Iraq.
Syria’s privately-owned and pro-government al-Ikhbariya al-Soriyah television news network reported that there were about 250 Daesh militants in the transfer.
The media bureau of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement said ambulances ferried 25 wounded Daesh Takfiris from the area.
On Sunday, the Syrian government agreed to a deal between Hezbollah and Daesh, which allows the transfer of Takfiri militants from Qalamoun to eastern Syria.
On August 19, Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an operation to purge Daesh from Qalamoun, located about 330 kilometers (205 miles) north of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
Hezbollah launched a major push on July 21 to clear both sides of Lebanon’s border with Syria of “armed terrorists.”
In August 2014, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and Daesh terrorist groups overran Arsal in Lebanon, killing a number of Lebanese forces. They took 30 soldiers hostage, most of whom have been released.
Since then, Hezbollah and the Lebanese military have been defending Lebanon on the country’s northeastern frontier against foreign-backed terrorist groups from neighboring Syria.
Hezbollah fighters have fended off several Daesh attacks inside Lebanon. They have also been providing assistance to Syrian army forces to counter the ongoing foreign-sponsored militancy.
The movement has accused Israel of supporting Takfiri terrorists operating in the Middle East.
Israel, which continues to occupy Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms and Syria’s Golan Heights, is widely reported to be offering medical help to Takfiri terrorists injured in Syria. In December 2015, British newspaper the Daily Mail said Israel had saved the lives of more than 2,000 Takfiri militants since 2013.