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BEIRUT (Web Desk) – Two thousand Syrian Islamist fighters, including Islamic State and Nusra Front militants, were expected to be evacuated soon from besieged Damascus in a deal brokered by the UN.

Eighteen buses had arrived in the al Qadm area of Damascus to take them and 1,500 family members away from the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk and adjoining Hajar al Aswad, Hezbollah TV reported on Friday.

It is said that these areas are stronghold of Islamic State fighters.

Buses will move these fighters to areas under the control of Islamic State and other rebel groups.

It was not clear whether the buses were provided by the UN or by the Syrian Army.