Dozens of Syrian rebel fighters are being evacuated from the village of Zabadani near the Lebanese border under a UN - brokered deal. A convoy of buses and ambulances has reached Zabadani to take the fighters, and some civilians, to Beirut. The evacuation is part of a truce agreed in September covering Zabadani and two towns in the north which had been under siege from rebel forces. About 300 families from those towns are also being given safe passage. Zabadani has been under siege from pro-government forces backed by the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah. However, the two towns of Kefraya and Fuaa, in the northern province of Idlib, have been under siege from Sunni rebels. The families from Kefraya and Fuaa are being taken to Turkey from where they will go to Lebanon. The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) said the Lebanese Red Cross, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the UN were all involved in the operation. A similar operation to evacuate rebels, including from the so-called Islamic State group, from the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk outside Damascus collapsed on Saturday shortly before it was due to start. Zabadani is the last major rebel stronghold along the Lebanese border. Rebel fighters were just about holding out there, but faced almost certain defeat. Localised ceasefires have occasionally been reached elsewhere in Syria and at one point were proposed as one of the few ways out of the bloodshed and stalemate. However, they have failed to build any real momentum, correspondents say.