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Syrian rebels say will defend Ghouta, not negotiating withdrawal

Russia, President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally, has offered to give rebel fighters safe passage out of eastern Ghouta, near the capital, Damascus, with their families and personal weapons.

By: Reuters | Beirut | Published: March 7, 2018 1:14:33 pm
Syria, Ghouta, Syria war, Syria air strikes, Bashar Al Assad, Ghouta death toll, Syria violence, Syrian conflict, World News, Indian Express Ghouta: This photo released Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018, provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense group carrying a man who was wounded during airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria. (AP)

Syrian rebels in eastern Ghouta will defend the territory and there are no negotiations over a withdrawal that has been proposed by Russia, the military spokesman for one of the main eastern Ghouta rebel groups said on Wednesday. “There are no negotiations about this subject. The factions of Ghouta and their fighters and its people are holding onto their land and will defend it,” Hamza Birqdar told Reuters in a text message. Russia, President Bashar al-Assad’s most powerful ally, has offered to give rebel fighters safe passage out of eastern Ghouta, near the capital, Damascus, with their families and personal weapons.

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