Monitor: Families of IS Terrorists to Leave South Damascus in U.N. Deal

BEIRUT (Reuters) -

Hundreds of families of Islamic State terrorists and some injured terrorists are expected to leave rebel-held areas in southern Damascus under a U.N.-brokered deal, a monitor said on Thursday.

Rami Abdulraham, head of the U.K.-based Observatory for Human Rights, said safe passage would be given from the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk on the outskirts of Damascus and neighboring Hajar al Aswad.

The families and some terrorists will be taken to the ultra-hardline terror group’s stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria and other IS-controlled areas over several months, ultimately ending the group’s presence in areas near the Syrian capital.