At least 48 green and white buses, eight ambulances and several Red Crescent and United Nations vehicles were lined up at the entrance of Daraya earlier Friday, waiting for the green light.
Meanwhile, the state-run al-Ekhbaria TV said Daraya has become empty of the rebels, and fully under the control of the Syrian army for the first time since 2012.
"This is the hardest moment, everyone is crying, young and old", he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The U.K. -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that per the terms of an agreement with the government, some 700 rebel fighters and their families will be allowed to move to Idlib province, almost 200 miles north.
Government forces moved into the town of Daraya near the Syrian capital on Saturday after rebels and civilians were evacuated following a four-year siege by regime forces, a military source said.
While the initial evacuation appeared to go without incident, the journey to rebel-held Idlib province or camps for the internally displaced was fraught with risk.
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About 300 rebels and their families will leave for Idlib on Friday, and the remainder will leave on Saturday, a field commander told SANA.
Syrian forces established full control over Darayya, a besieged suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, liberating all areas in the city including the holy shrine of Hazrat Sakinah (SA), the daughter of Imam Hussein (AS). Families will be evacuated from the city and placed in temporary shelters in or near Damascus.
"We only left to return", said Mohammad Abu Al-Zain, a media activist in the city, on his Facebook page on Friday.
The first major truce deal was struck in the Damascus suburb of Moadamiyeh, west of Daraya, in 2014. "The UN took no action to protect civilians from this fallout", she said.
"The world is watching", he said.
Daraya is just 15 minutes drive from Damascus and even closer to the government's key Mazzeh air base.
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The Syrian civil war started as a largely peaceful uprising against Assad in March 2011, but quickly escalated into a full-scale war. In August 2012, around 400 people were killed over several days by troops and pro-government militiamen who stormed the suburb after heavy fighting and days of shelling, according to opposition activists.
"People are saying goodbye to one another, children are bidding their schools farewell, mothers are saying goodbye to the martyrs in the graves", he said. "I don't want anyone to think that we wanted to leave - we were forced do to leave".
His family left Syria long before, but he chose to stay behind, Diaa said, giving only his first and middle names because he feared for his safety. In four years, just one food aid convoy entered Daraya, in June, shortly after a convoy carrying medicine.
The only guarantee the government offered is the local Red Crescent.
Many opposition supporters see the siege of Darayya and its ultimate surrender as a failure by the global community to force the lifting of the blockade amid relentless bombardment. The deal to evacuate it is considered to be a significant boost to the Assad regime, the BBC reports. The UN said only one shipment of aid has reached the area since then.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Geneva to push for resuming Syrian peace talks.
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The figures do not include Aleppo in northern Syria, where up to 2 million are at risk of siege after government and rebel forces cut through each others' supply lines around the divided city.