Sheikh Omari Explains to ST Why Terrorists and Their families Select to Go to North of Syria

The Head of Reconciliation Committee in south Damascus Sheikh Mohamad al-Omari has made it clear that terrorists whose hands are stained with blood and those who want to be near Turkish border to move then to Europe to seek asylum reject settlement agreements in Yalda, Babbila, Bit Sahem areas [located south of Damascus] and prefer to go to north of Syria.

He told the Syriatimes e-newspaper: “ Personally speaking, the families, who selected to go with terrorists to the north of Syria, consider transportation to Idlib and Jarablus cities as a free journey that will pave the way for them to move to Turkey and then to Europe to seek asylum and to get money.”

But these families will be disappointed when they arrive in the camps set for them. “The camps are not suitable for people to live in,” Sheikh al-Omari stressed, indicating that the door is open to those who want to return to settle their status even after they go to the north of Syria.

“Because of its adherence to ethical and humanitarian principles, the Syrian state keeps the door open to all those who selected to go to the north of the country, either Syrian or Palestinians, to return,” he added, pointing out that 5000 persons- out of 16000- including terrorists and their families will leave Yalda, Babbila and Bit Sahem areas in accordance with reconciliation deal brokered by Russia in cooperation with the Syrian government.

The process of transporting the terrorists and their families, who rejected settlement agreement, will end today and it has coincided with military operations against ISIS terrorists in al-Hajar al-Aswad district and Yarmouk camp near the areas mentioned above.

“The implementation of the deal in the three areas has stirred concern among armed groups in Yarmouk camp and al-Hajar al-Aswad, especially after the launch of military operations and the withdrawal of the al-Nusra Front terrorists as well as the advance of Syrian army and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) in the north of Yarmouk camp and in the south of al-Hajar al-Aswad areas,” Sheikh al-Omari said.

He indicated that the Syrian army will be deployed in the areas previously occupied by terrorists in Yalda, Babbila and Bit Sahem areas.

The process of rebuilding the areas in south Damascus will start in the coming days after the liberation of all areas from terrorists,” the reconciliation committee’s head concluded.

Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour