Smoke billows following Syrian government bombardment on the rebel-controlled town of Hazzah, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 11, 2018. / AFP / Amer ALMOHIBANY
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A delegation from Syria's rebel-held eastern Ghouta was Sunday considering a partial evacuation deal to halt a fierce government offensive, a negotiator and monitor told AFP.The two main rebel groups in the region, which borders Damascus, have firmly and repeatedly denied negotiating with the Syrian regime. But on Sunday, as the government's Russian-backed assault entered its fourth week, influential figures in one rebel-held town were considering a possible evacuation offer. All three towns are controlled by Islamist rebel group Faylaq al-Rahman, which has repeated denied engaging in talks with the regime.Russian news agency Interfax said Sunday that the Russian Centre for Reconciliation, based alongside Russia's air force at the Hmeimim military airport in western Syria, was facilitating negotiations with rebels in Ghouta.
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