Syrian Villages of Zabadani and Madaya Free From Extremist Groups
Damascus, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Syrian settlements in Zabadani and Madaya, less than 50 kilometers from Damascus and near the northeast border of Lebanon, were declared free from extremist groups, authorities confirmed today.
In Zabadani, Syrian army sapper units began demining large areas while assessing the damage caused by terrorists in government facilities and homes.
The city was occupied since late 2011 by groups affiliated with the so-called Free Syrian Army and was the subject of disputes between them and members of the Front for the Conquest of the Levant, formerly Al Nusra Front.
After the last offensives, the jihadists entered negotiations and along with those of Madaya, they agreed to leave the city with their families and move to the province of Idleb, in the north of Syria.
While in Madaya, Syrian Army units retook positions and occupied food deposits that the terrorists concealed and sold to the population at exorbitant prices.
This last fact was exploited by the extremists to unleash media campaigns where they tried to demonstrate the death of citizens by hunger through a farce widely disclosed by Western media.
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