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Buses arrive to ferry Syria rebels out of zone near Golan: Monitor

Buses were gathering today in a southwestern sliver of Syria near the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights to transfer rebel fighters.

Buses were gathering today in a southwestern sliver of Syria near the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights to transfer rebel fighters and civilians to opposition territory further north, a monitor said.

The transfers come under a surrender deal agreed this week between Russia and Syrian rebels in Quneitra province that will see the sensitive zone fall back under state control.

Rebels will hand over territory they control in Quneitra and the neighbouring buffer zone with the Israeli-occupied Golan, a war monitor and a rebel source told AFP.

The deal included safe passage to northern Syria for any hardliners who refuse to live under government control, and buses began entering the area today to carry out the transfers, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"The buses reached government-controlled territory in Quneitra on Thursday, and today they began crossing into opposition areas for the evacuation," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

He said it remained unclear how many fighters and civilians would ultimately be evacuated, but that the buses would likely be picking up people from multiple locations in Quneitra and the adjacent buffer.

A rebel source told AFP that the evacuations were expected to begin around mid-morning today.

Quneitra is a thin, crescent-shaped province wedged between the buffer to the west and the Syrian province of Daraa to its east. One month ago, Syria's regime launched an operation to retake rebel areas in Daraa and Quneitra, using military force and surrender deals brokered by its Russian ally.

Fighting forced several hundred thousand people to flee, and as many as 140,000 remain displaced in Quneitra, according to the United Nations. The UN's humanitarian coordination office (OCHA) warned they are inaccessible to aid organisations based around an hour away in Damascus because of a lack of approvals. Both Israel and Jordan, which shares a border with Syria, have kept their borders closed to the displaced. Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan from Syria in 1967 and later annexed it, in a move never recognised internationally.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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