Militants, families still being evacuated from Eastern Qalamoun to Syria's north

Syrian government forces enter the liberated town of al Dumayr as militants leave

Syrian government forces enter the liberated town of al Dumayr as militants leave

A damaged military vehicle is seen at the city of Douma in Damascus Thomson Reuters BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state TV said on Saturday that rebels had agreed to surrender an enclave northeast of Damascus and go to opposition areas at the border with Turkey, a withdrawal that would clinch another victory for President Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation denied responsibility for the suspected chemical attack.

Physicians for Human Rights, a US-based rights group, voiced "grave concern" over reports that Douma hospital staff had faced "extreme intimidation" after the area came back under government control to stop them talking about the incident.

Some of the areas, including Hajar al-Aswad and Tadamun in the southern district of Damascus, have been under Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group's control since April 2015. The Observatory said it was because some of the IS militants still rejected the deal.

Two Palestinian refugees, a father and a son, were killed during the fighting at the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, according to the United Nation's Palestinian refugee agency, which added that thousands of homes have been destroyed in four days of fighting. "Yarmouk has been transformed into a death camp, like one of the lower regions of hell".

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The areas comprise the majority of the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, which lies about 8km from central Damascus.

Militant shelling of an adjoining neighbourhood injured five people, Damascus police were cited as saying early on Friday by state television.

In parallel with the implementation of the agreement in Eastern Qalamoun, units of the Syrian Arab Army are carrying out a military operation to eradicate the dens of terrorist organizations positioned in the south of Damascus as part of the ongoing war to combat terrorism in Damascus and its countryside. Militants in another enclave nearby - Eastern Qalamoun - said they had also agreed to withdraw.

Anti-Assad fighters hold a chunk of territory in the southwest and the northwest, and Kurdish-led militias, backed by the United States, control an expanse of northern and eastern Syria.

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