DAMASCUS, Syria, The first batch of rebels and their families, left Syria's southern province of Quneitra on Friday, as part of a deal for the full withdrawal of rebels from that area, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
A total of 55 buses, transporting hundreds of rebels and their families, left Quneitra through the Jaba crossing, towards rebel-held areas in northern Syria. The Friday evacuees were the first to leave Quneitra, under the deal that was reached a day earlier between the Syrian government side and the rebels, under the mediation and sponsorship of Russia. The second batch will leave Quneitra today (Saturday).
A day earlier, a deal was reached for the entry of the Syrian army to all rebel-held areas in Quneitra. According to the deal, the Syrian army will enter all the areas that had been controlled by the government before 2011, the year of the Syrian war.
It said, the rebels will surrender their weapons, adding that, those who reject to reconcile with the government will evacuate to rebel-held areas in northern Syria. Others who want to stay will embark on a reconciliation process with the government.
The deal will see the entire Quneitra province near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights back under government control. This new deal comes just days after U.S. President, Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, met in Helsinki and discussed the situation in Syria, mainly in the southern region near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
The current deal also comes after the Syrian army has been on a month-long offensive in southern Syria, mainly in the southern province of Daraa, Quneitra, and Sweida. The army has already captured large swathes of Daraa, with activists saying 90 percent of the province fall back to government control.
Source: Nam News Network