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Tens of thousands of civilians and fighters left battered Eastern Ghouta, where some streets have been bombed to the ground, after all but one of its main rebel groups reached agreements with Russian Federation to withdraw, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

After a month-long ground and air offensive and evacuation deals with rebel groups, pro-Syrian government forces control most of what had been the major rebel stronghold, just 15km east of Damascus.

At least 6,750 people have been evacuated from towns in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, marking the largest evacuation to date, according to state media.

The first agreement, with hardline Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham, saw more than 4,500 people including rebels leave the town of Harasta last week.

More pull-outs were expected Monday from the towns of Arbin and Zamalka and the neighbouring district of Jobar, all held by Faylaq al-Rahman.

Russian Federation has brokered deals with Faylaq and another hardline group that has seen more than 17,000 rebels, their relatives, and other civilians bused out of Ghouta.

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Russia's military said more than 105,000 people had left Eastern Ghouta, including over 700 yesterday.

Holed up inside Eastern Ghouta, foreign-backed militants have been launching indiscriminate mortar and rocket attacks on Damascus, which have resulted in many civilian deaths. In November 2015, a Britain-based war monitor reported rebels in Eastern Ghouta were using dozens of captives taken hostage in Adra as "human shields".

Since the beginning of Assad's forces military operation, on the 18 of last March, there were talks about negotiations between the Russian side and the opposition factions, as to decide their destiny in the area, which was repeatedly reported by the "Russian Reconciliation Center" and denied by the factions.

The United Nations says around 55,000 of them are housed in very basic conditions in regime-run temporary shelters on the edge of Ghouta.

The deal also demands the rebels to set free people they have previously kidnapped.

Jaish al-Islam would lay down its heavy weapons in exchange for government-provided water and electricity returning to the town.

The state news agency revealed the names of the newly-released people from the town of Arbeen in Eastern Ghouta, as part of a deal reached recently for the rebels' evacuation from areas in the central part of Eastern Ghouta.

But divisions within opposition ranks were holding up the talks with some hardliners seeking to sabotage the proposed deal, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

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