Off the wire
Chinese yuan strengthens to 6.2816 against USD Tuesday  • Market exchange rates in China -- March 27  • China industrial profits up 16.1 pct in Jan.-Feb.  • Former world number one Kerber ousts China's Wang to make quarters at Miami Open  • V.Williams sends defending champ Konta packing in Miami Open  • Hong Kong stocks open 1.43 pct higher  • High-speed rail link between Brisbane, Melbourne "high priority" for Australian industry: report  • Maracana pitch 'terrible', says former Brazil midfielder Diego  • Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, March 27  • Tokyo stocks open higher on Wall Street's rebound, softer yen  
You are here:  

28 freed from rebels' captivity near Damascus

Xinhua,March 27, 2018 Adjust font size:

DAMASCUS, March 27 (Xinhua) -- A total of 28 civilians were set free on Monday night from rebels' captivity in the capital Damascus' Eastern Ghouta, state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

This is the second batch of people released from the rebel-held enclave, just two days after eight people were released from the rebels' custody in Arbeen, a town in Eastern Ghouta.

The rebel-held people were brought in ambulances to the government-controlled Panorama on the outskirts of Arbeen.

SANA revealed the names of the newly-released people from Arbeen, as part of a deal reached on Friday between the rebels and the Syrian army, which demands a total of 3,500 residents be released from the rebel-held Douma district in Eastern Ghouta area.

The agreement, which was mediated by the Russians, will also see the evacuation of 7,000 rebels and their family members from areas in the central part of Eastern Ghouta.

SANA added that work is ongoing for the release of more people.

Meanwhile, SANA said the third batch of rebels is preparing to leave Eastern Ghouta through Arbeen toward rebel-held areas in northern Syria after thousands evacuated in the past two days. Enditem