TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The first group of militants and their families began to be evacuated from the southwest province of Quneitra on Friday, as more buses continue to transport them through the Jaba crossing to northern Syria's Idlib province.

According to Syrian government news agency SANA, 55 buses left the Um Batina village through the Jaba crossing.

The operation was part of a deal struck between the government and opposition forces on Thursday, which stipulates for the Syrian Arab Army to return to the area and for the militants who reject the deal, it guaranteed a safe passage to Syria's militant-held north-western Idlib province.