Buses waited outside a bombed-out Town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta after a deal was announced to evacuate Rebels and Civilians following weeks of regime bombardment.

The deal, announced on Wednesday and brokered by regime ally Russia, could mark a major step forward in government efforts to secure the nearby Capital Damascus.

A spokesman for Rebel Group Ahrar al-Sham, which controls the Town, said they would go ahead nonetheless.A member of a Committee involved in the negotiations said 1,600 Fighters and Thousands of members of their families were expected to leave.

Eastern Ghouta has faced a blistering assault by the Army and Allied Militia since February 18 that has taken back most of the enclave and sliced what remains into three pockets held by different