Added On April 20, 2017

A total of six towns west of Syrian capital Damascus have become free of rebels, after a large-scale evacuation deal that was concluded on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the last of 11 buses, carrying around 500 rebels and their families, left the towns towards the northwestern province of Idlib.

Meanwhile, Wednesday also saw a second batch of evacuees leave the towns of Kafraya and Foa in the Idlib province.

Unlike Saturday, when a bomb ripped through a convoy, Wednesday's exchange passed by without incident.

The evacuation deal was reached between Iran, on the side of the government, and Qatar and Turkey, on behalf of the opposition.

When the exchange is complete, a total of 8,000 people will have left the towns of Foa and Kafraya, while around 2,500 civilians and rebels will have left opposition areas.