DAMASCUS, Syria, Rebels in four towns in Syria's southern province of Daraa, have agreed to hand over their weapons to the Syrian army. This was part of a deal between the government and the rebels, in the towns of Samlin, Kafar Shams, Kafar Nasej and Akraba, the report said.
The deal followed a similar one reached between the army and the rebels, in the eastern countryside of Daraa, which has been back under government control.
On Jun 19, the Syrian army unleashed a wide-scale offensive, to dislodge the rebels in Daraa, due to the strategic importance of that province near the Jordanian border. The Syrian army captured large swathes of territories in Daraa, during the campaign, either through achieving reconciliation or by military force.
Meanwhile, activists said, people in the northern and western countryside of Daraa, have formed a delegation to negotiate about the future of their areas with Russia. They said, a protest erupted in the rebel-held town of Inkhil in the north of Daraa, on Tuesday, demanding the rebels of the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front to leave.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, 14 Syrian soldiers were killed Tuesday, in the first confrontation with the Khalid Bin al-Walid group, which is allied with the Daesh group, in the western countryside of Daraa.
Daraa has a symbolic significance, as it was the birthplace of the Syrian war that erupted in 2011. Securing it will be a big victory for the Syrian army, both symbolically and militarily, as the rebels have used the Jordanian border, to bring in arms and fighters throughout the war.
Source: Nam News Network