Syrian rebels and civilians prepare to be evacuated from the town of Yalda on the southern outskirts of Damascus on May 3, 2018, under a negotiated withdrawal to secure the last opposition holdouts of the capital. / AFP / Rami al SAYED
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Syrian rebels Friday were surrendering their heavy weapons for the second day after agreeing with the government a new deal to withdraw from central towns, a war monitor said.Opposition fighters agreed with regime forces and their allies to a ceasefire deal earlier this week for the rebel towns of Talbisseh, Rastan, and Al-Houla, which fall in Syria's central province of Homs.The deal for the three rebel-controlled towns follows a similar pattern to other agreements recently reached across Syria, mostly around Damascus.The three towns were part of a "de-escalation zone" agreed one year ago by opposition supporter Turkey and regime allies Iran and Russia.
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