Middle East

Residents return to devastated Moadamieh

BEIRUT: “Hundreds” of families have returned to the Damascus suburb of Moadamieh as part of a recent truce, according to state news agency SANA. 

It said Wednesday that residents had been returning to the rebel-held enclave this week, “after a climate of calm emerged as a result of a national reconciliation initiative.” 

The deal last month saw the national flag raised over the town, as military actions have largely ceased in exchange for an easing of a stringent blockade on residents. 

SANA quoted Hasan Ghandour, the government’s general coordinator of the “popular reconciliation” initiative, as saying he expected a total of 40,000 people to return to the devastated area over the next few weeks. 

A number of local-level truces have either been negotiated or concluded in recent weeks, mainly in areas surrounding Damascus.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 06, 2014, on page 8.




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