Syria state TV: evacuation deal reached for Aleppo and Shi'ite villages


BEIRUT, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Syrian state television reported on Sunday that there was a deal between the government and rebels to evacuate people from east Aleppo in return for the evacuation of people from al-Foua and Kefraya, two villages besieged by insurgents.

According to al-Ikhbariya TV news, about 1,200 civilians would initially be evacuated from east Aleppo and a similar number from the two villages in Idlib province.

Once evacuees from the villages have safely arrived in government areas, Aleppo fighters and more of their family members will be allowed to leave in return for other batches of people departing al-Foua and Kefraya.

A document cited by Lebanese group Hezbollah's al-Manar television and passed to Reuters by rebels and activists said the deal would see 2,500 citizens leave al-Foua and Kefraya in exchange for the evacuation of people from east Aleppo.

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A member of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stands near damaged buildings in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, Syria December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A bus bringing people out of eastern Aleppo drives back in the direction of the besieged rebel enclave, Syria December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
Empty buses are seen leaving after the evacuation of people from eastern Aleppo was suspended, Syria December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A man reacts as he waits with others to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
A man pushes a cart with a woman lying on it as vehicles wait to evacuate people from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Russian soldiers inspect rebels and civilians who were evacuated from rebel-held eastern Aleppo, in the government-held area of al-Ramousah bridge, Syria December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A member of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad sits near damaged buildings in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, Syria December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
ALEPPO, SYRIA - DECEMBER 16: A convoy including buses and ambulances, evacuating civilians, trying to flee from East Aleppo that had been under siege by Assad regime forces and pro-regime foreign terrorist groups, arrives in Syria's Rashidin area, before the ongoing evacuation of civilians Aleppo was temporarily suspended after pro-regime terrorist groups attacked on December 16, 2016. (Photo by Ahmed Al Ahmed/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Members of the Syrian government forces stand guard near buses and ambulances during an evacuation operation of Syrian rebel fighters and civilians from a opposition-held area of Aleppo towards rebel-held territory in the west of Aleppo's province on December 16, 2016. Russia announced it was negotiating with the Syrian opposition and seeking a nationwide ceasefire, as the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo entered a second day. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the war, estimated some 8,500 people had left so far, including around 3,000 rebel fighters. Syrian state media reported a figure of around 8,000. / AFP / George OURFALIAN (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian government forces and Russian soldiers keep watch as civilians and fighters are evacuated from a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards rebel-held territory in the west of Aleppo's province on December 16, 2016. Russia announced it was negotiating with the Syrian opposition and seeking a nationwide ceasefire, as the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo entered a second day. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the war, estimated some 8,500 people had left so far, including around 3,000 rebel fighters. Syrian state media reported a figure of around 8,000. / AFP / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrians are evacuated from a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards rebel-held territory in the west of Aleppo's province on December 16, 2016. Russia announced it was negotiating with the Syrian opposition and seeking a nationwide ceasefire, as the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo entered a second day. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the war, estimated some 8,500 people had left so far, including around 3,000 rebel fighters. Syrian state media reported a figure of around 8,000. / AFP / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad sit on a tank as a convoy of buses and other vehicles bringing people out of eastern Aleppo turns back in the direction of the besieged rebel enclave, Syria December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
ALEPPO, SYRIA - DECEMBER 16: A man carries two children in his arms as a convoy including buses and ambulances, evacuating civilians, trying to flee from East Aleppo that had been under siege by Assad regime forces and pro-regime foreign terrorist groups, arrives in Syria's Rashidin area, before the ongoing evacuation of civilians Aleppo was temporarily suspended after pro-regime terrorist groups attacked on December 16, 2016. (Photo by Ahmed Al Ahmed/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - DECEMBER 16: A convoy including buses and ambulances, evacuating civilians, trying to flee from East Aleppo that had been under siege by Assad regime forces and pro-regime foreign terrorist groups, arrives in Syria's Rashidin area, before the ongoing evacuation of civilians Aleppo was temporarily suspended after pro-regime terrorist groups attacked on December 16, 2016. (Photo by Ahmed Al Ahmed/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - DECEMBER 16: A convoy including buses and ambulances, evacuating civilians, trying to flee from East Aleppo that had been under siege by Assad regime forces and pro-regime foreign terrorist groups, arrives in Syria's Rashidin area, before the ongoing evacuation of civilians Aleppo was temporarily suspended after pro-regime terrorist groups attacked on December 16, 2016. (Photo by Ahmed Al Ahmed/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Syrian government forces keep watch as civilians and fighters are evacuated from a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards rebel-held territory in the west of Aleppo's province on December 16, 2016. Russia announced it was negotiating with the Syrian opposition and seeking a nationwide ceasefire, as the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo entered a second day. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the war, estimated some 8,500 people had left so far, including around 3,000 rebel fighters. Syrian state media reported a figure of around 8,000. / AFP / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
A convoy of buses and other vehicles bringing people out of eastern Aleppo turns back in the direction of the besieged rebel enclave, Syria December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
IDLIB, SYRIA - DECEMBER 16: A convoy including buses and ambulances, evacuating civilians, trying to flee from East Aleppo that had been under siege by Assad regime forces and pro-regime foreign terrorist groups, arrives in Syria's Idlib, which is located near the border with Turkey, on December 16, 2016. (Photo by Gaes sayid/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Following this, another 1,500 will leave al-Foua and Kefraya in exchange for the evacuation of 1,500 from Madaya and neighboring town Zabadani, which are besieged by pro-Syrian government forces. (Reporting By Lisa Barrington and Angus McDowall; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)


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