Islamic State evacuation convoy will cross to Deir al-Zor: alliance commander

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A stalled Islamic State evacuation convoy in eastern Syria will travel north to government-held Sukhna before crossing toward Deir al-Zor region, which is held by the jihadists, a commander in the pro-Syrian government military alliance said.

An operation to exchange wounded Islamic State fighters in the convoy for the bodies of an Iranian soldier and two other soldiers in the pro-government alliance is beginning, the commander said.

Reporting By Leila Bassam, writing by Angus McDowall

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