United Nations seeks access to Syrians in eastern Ghouta's Douma

Baby who lost an eye, new symbol of Syria's woes, arrives in Turkey

The sisters and the infant have fled to Turkey as Syrian government forces are getting closer to seizing full control of Eastern Ghouta.

Buses entered the enclave on Tuesday to prepare for a second day of evacuations, a military source and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

State media has said Jaish al-Islam had accepted a deal giving its fighters safe passage to towns that are located in a buffer zone on the border with Turkey that is controlled by the Turkish military and allied Syrian rebel groups.

"The Syrian government has taken a decision to clear militants from the areas", the source told Reuters.

Russia's military also said Sunday that a preliminary agreement has been reached on the evacuation of Army of Islam fighters. Maj.

The departure of civilian authorities followed a Saturday morning meeting between several major civil society organizations and Jaish al-Islam leadership in Douma, in which the former requested that civilians be given the option to evacuate, pro-opposition news outlet al-Modon reported at the time. He said "humanitarian cases" would be allowed to evacuate on Monday.

Local activists say over 100,000 civilians are trapped inside Douma, which suffered devastating damage during the latest government assault.

The report said that all the Security Council resolutions on chemical weapons "also stipulated that if the Syrian regime does not comply with the terms of the US-Russia agreement and the Security Council resolutions, the Security Council shall impose measures against the regime under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations".

On the final push for Eastern Ghouta, just outside the Syrian capital, Mr. Egeland said that there had been "no recent reports of fighting and air raids" and "hopefully the battle is over now in the heavily populated areas."Until recently more than 400,000 people had been besieged for years in parts of Eastern Ghouta". The civilians and fighters were moved to northern Jarabulus.

Faylaq al-Rahman did not have a significant presence in the Douma. Government forces extended their control over those areas over the course of a five-week offensive that killed at least 1,600 civilians and displaced tens of thousands more, according to the Observatory, an opposition-linked group that monitors both sides of the conflict.

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