BEIRUT – The Latest on Syria's conflict (all times local):
Residents say a deal has been struck with the Syrian government to evacuate gunmen from of a Damascus suburb and bring back state control after years of siege.
Hassan Ghandour, a resident of Moadamiyeh and a leading negotiator, says Thursday the evacuation is expected to be carried out in the next 48 hours.
Moadamiyeh lies west of Daraya, another suburb of Damascus, which was evacuated last week after a deal with the government that ended four-years of siege and a punishing bombing campaign. The U.N. criticized Daraya's evacuation, saying it was not involved or consulted in the deal.
Ghandour says not all of Moadamiyeh's 28,000 residents will be evacuated. He says 200 gunmen want to evacuate.
Unlike Daraya, Moadamiyeh has reached localized truces with the government since 2014.
Opposition activists say warplanes have carried out several airstrikes in Syria's Hama, killing at least 25 people, amid a lightning advance by insurgents on government-controlled areas of the central province.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Thursday a series of airstrikes in northern Hama province has killed at least 25 civilians, including six children.
The Hama-based Syrian Press Center, another activist group, says at least ten people were killed when warplanes struck a crowd of people displaced from Suran, a town north of Hama city that was seized by opposition fighters. It says another 15 people were killed further to the west.
Syria's state news agency, SANA, says warplanes killed 10 "terrorists" in northern Hama.
Insurgents have been pushing toward Hama city, seizing government positions in the north.