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Limited medical evacuations from Syria's Eastern Ghouta

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At least 150 civilians requiring urgent medical treatment have been evacuated from opposition-held Eastern Ghouta, the current major battleground in Syria's seven-year war, Al Jazeera reports.

They were evacuated on Tuesday under a deal reached between Jaish al-Islam, one of the largest opposition groups in the area, and Russia - the Syrian government's principal ally. 

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) - a UK-based war monitor - the evacuees were taken to shelters under government control in other parts of the Damascus suburbs. 

The area, which is a suburb of the capital, Damascus, where the government of President Bashar al-Assad sits, has been under siege by the latter's forces since mid-2013. 

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