A wounded child sits in an ambulance eating a sandwich as Syrian civilians and rebels evacuated from the Eastern Ghouta region arrive in Qalaat al-Mandiq, March 28, 2018. AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR
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The group has been negotiating about the town of Douma with the government's main ally Russia.Thousands of opposition fighters and civilians have agreed to quit the former rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta, target of a five-week-long assault by the regime.Syrian troops have recaptured more than 90 percent of the area, and are draining the last opposition pockets with negotiated pullouts mediated by Russia.Syrian troops were clustering around the town for a second day Wednesday, Syria's Al-Watan daily reported.Russian military police, but not Syrian government forces, would have a presence in the town.The Syrian army has pursued a divide-and-conquer strategy, seizing most of the enclave then breaking up what was left of it into three pockets, each controlled by a different group.Moscow
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