Members of al-Qaeda's Nusra Front sit in a trench near the two Shiite Muslim towns of Foua and Kefraya in northwestern Syria, Sept. 22, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Warring sides in Syria have reached an agreement under U.N. supervision over the fate of two villages in the northwest and a town near the Lebanese border, sources familiar with the talks said on Thursday, as a ceasefire in the areas held.The deal included the withdrawal of rebel fighters holed up in the mostly government-held area of Zabadani near Lebanon, and the evacuation of civilians from the Shiite villages of Foua and Kefraya under rebel siege in Idlib province in northwest Syria, the sources said. The deal came just days after Syrian government forces and Hezbollah on one side, and insurgents fighting against Damascus on the other, agreed on a third ceasefire in the areas since August.The Syrian army and Hezbollah are trying to capture the border town, Zabadani, from besieged rebels, and have said they are close to doing so.
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