Eastern Ghouta, a besieged area on the outskirts of Damascus with some 400,000 people, has witnessed deadly violence over the past few weeks, as Takfiri terrorist outfits have launched mortar attacks on the Syrian capital in the face of an imminent humiliating defeat, killing around 20 civilians in two weeks.
While ICRC officials expect this latest convoy to successfully deliver its cargo, humanitarian organisations say it is not almost enough aid for the estimated 400,000 people trapped in the area.
The fighters from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a group made up mostly of Al-Qaeda's ex-affiliate Al-Nusra Front, is to be evacuated to the northern province of Idlib, Jaish al-Islam said in a statement.
Syria's state-run television later broadcast footage it said showed 13 militants and their families leaving the besieged enclave in suburban Damascus.
Almost 950 civilians have been killed since Russia-backed government forces launched a blistering assault on the last opposition bastion near Damascus on Feb 18. They encompass multiple factions, including jihadists, and in-fighting between them has led to past losses of ground to the Syrian government.
The evacuation deal came after Jaish al-Islam sent a letter last month to the United Nations vowing to facilitate the evacuation of the former al-Qaeda members.
But U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has said, in comments criticised by Syria's government, that the assault is "legally, and morally, unsustainable".
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Three days later, Russian Federation announced its own ceasefire initiative calling for daily, five-hour "humanitarian pauses" in eastern Ghouta.
The enclave has been beyond government control since 2012, but in recent weeks its efforts to retake the territory has markedly intensified.
The Syrian government has opened what it calls safe routes out of the enclave, but no civilians are known to have left yet.
Fresh air strikes killed six civilians in the area of Jisreen, a war monitor said, even as the regime and businessmen held talks about the possible evacuation of residents from parts of the enclave. Numerous victims are children.
In a surprise move, several members of Syria's armed opposition have been evacuated from rebel-held Eastern Ghouta late on Friday, sources said. According to him, the eastern Ghouta residents' suffering is "a symbol of how catastrophic this conflict has become for the civilians".
The roads connecting the towns to each other were all covered by army fire, the observatory said.