Islamic State fighters and their families have been bussed to eastern Syria under a ceasefire deal with Hezbollah and the Lebanese army. Lucy Fielder reports.
Islamic State fighters and their families have surrendered their enclave on the Lebanese-Syrian border. Heading for eastern Syria on Tuesday (August 29) under a ceasefire deal that ended a week-long battle. This last convoy of more than three hundred militants marks the end of the insurgent presence in the area and the first time in years that Lebanon has controlled its entire border with Syria. The Lebanese army planting its flags near the border. They fought the Islamic State fighters on one front; Lebanon's Shi'ite Hezbollah militants fought on another alongside the Syrian army. Islamic State will also hand over one Hezbollah captive and the bodies of Hezbollah fighters and one Iranian killed in battles in Syria. Inside Syria, too, Islamic State is retreating on many fronts, facing offensives by the Russian-backed Syrian army and U.S.-backed militias.