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Four-Year Siege of Syrian City Daraya Ends, 3,200 Evacuated

Daraya is clear of gunmen and under control of the Syrian army, according to a human rights group

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    Syrian government buses and a number of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent ambulances at the entrance of Daraya, a suburb of Damascus, Syria on Aug. 26, 2016. The development in the Daraya suburb is part of an agreement struck between the rebels and the government of President Bashar Assad. Rebels in Daraya agreed to evacuate after four years of grueling bombardment and a crippling siege that has left the sprawling suburb southwest of the capital in ruins.

    More than 3,000 people were evacuated from Syria’s Damascus suburb of Daraya Saturday, following a deal to end a four-year siege, according to a human rights group, NBC News reported. 

    About 800 gunmen and 2,400 civilians were evacuated, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The evacuees headed north into a rebel-controlled province, the group said. 

    Daraya "remained for about four years beyond the control of Bashar al-Assad's regime, and out of the reach of his forces and gunmen loyal to him, despite bombardment of thousands of barrel bombs and thousands of missiles and rockets, that killed and wounded thousands," the statement said. 

    The organization said Daraya is clear of gunmen and under control of the Syrian army. 

    The siege in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, is ongoing.