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REBELS TO ABANDON WEAPONS IN SYRIA’S DARAA CITY

DAMASCUS, Syria, The rebels in the Daraa al-Balad area, in the capital city of the southern province of Daraa, on Wednesday, agreed to hand over their weapons to the Syrian army. The rebels have agreed to surrender their medium and heavy weapons to the army and either embark on a reconciliation process, to remain in Daraa, or evacuate towards rebel-held areas in northern Syria. Daraa al-Balad area is in the southern part of the capital city of Daraa, from which the Syrian war started.

The deal in Daraa al-Balad is the latest in a string of deals struck between the Russian side, which is representing the Syrian government, and various rebel groups in Daraa, during the Syrian military campaign that has been ongoing in Daraa since Jun 19. The deal on Wednesday comes a day after rebels in four towns in the north-western countryside of Daraa accepted a similar deal.

Earlier on Wednesday, the army entered the town of Tafas, in the western countryside of Daraa, after the rebels agreed on a reconciliation process with the government forces. Also Wednesday, the army advanced in the western countryside of Daraa, moving towards the Tal al-Ashari and Jileen areas. The Syrian army has already captured the entire eastern countryside of Daraa, either by force or through reconciliations with the rebels.

The army has also captured the entire borderline with Jordan during the operation. With the recent deals, the army will have to deal with the rebels in a few towns in the western countryside of Daraa near the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The areas are Nawa, al-Harah, Inkhil, Jasim and Grgis, which are under the rebels' control, in addition to the Tasil area, which is controlled by Daesh-allied militants.

Source: Nam News Network