• Pin It
  • Pin It

Thousands shifted as Syria regime, rebels swap people

Apr 14, 2017, 7:04 AM EDT
(Source: Canadian Red Cross/flickr)
(Source: Canadian Red Cross/flickr)

The Syrian government and rebel groups began implementing a swap deal on Thursday as buses ferried thousands of residents from two rebel-besieged towns, Foah and Kefraya, to government-held areas. In exchange, the Syrian government is allowing safe passage to insurgents and their families, moving out of two towns, Madaya and Zabadani, near Damascus.

Although the evacuation deal, brokered by Iran and Qatar, brings reprieve to the residents that have been under the siege for almost two years, the opposition says it leads to “forced demographic change,” writes the BBC.

According to the U.N., around 4.7 million Syrians are living in besieged conditions, cut off from the most basic supplies and exposed to life-threatening circumstances, notes Al Jazeera.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE