DAMASCUS, Syria, More than 200,000 people have returned to their homes, in the southern province of Daraa, over the past few days, after the Syrian army expanded its control and captured 72 percent of the province, a monitor group reported Monday.
The people returned home after fleeing towards the Syria-Jordan border, due to the military showdown, which has been dragging on since Jun 19, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The London-based watchdog group said, the Syrian army has continued to deploy along the Syrian-Jordan border against a rebel group allied with the Daesh militant group.
A day earlier, the Syrian army captured a town and a military base, in the western countryside of Daraa, following battles with the rebels, who rejected the Russia-backed deal to settle the situation in Daraa. The deal demands the rebels hand over their heavy weapons and allow government forces to enter the areas they hold.
In the eastern countryside of Daraa, the army has captured almost all towns and villages and, most importantly, the Nasib border, in the south-eastern countryside of the province, which fell to the rebels in 2015, and returned under government control on Friday.
The capture of the Nasib crossing secures the road between the capital Damascus and Jordan's capital Amman.
However, the border is still closed, since the rebels captured the crossing in 2015. A Syrian military officer said that, the opening requires a political decision from both countries.
Source: Nam News Network