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Russia Sponsors New Settlement in Syria’s West Daraa

Russia Sponsors New Settlement in Syria’s West Daraa

Wednesday, 10 February, 2021 - 10:00
Destruction in Syria's Daraa. Reuters file photo

Syrians living west of the southern Daraa province are patiently waiting for the implementation of a new Russian-sponsored settlement between the Syrian Army’s 4th Armored Division, led by Gen. Maher al-Assad, and the local central committee.

A UK-based war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported that an agreement was reached on Monday between regime officials and representatives of the Daraa security committee in the presence of a Russian forces delegate.

The agreement, according to the Observatory, allows regime forces and the 4th Armored Division to search homes and farms near Tafas city, which is located in the western countryside of Daraa, as of Tuesday morning.

Searches will be conducted in the presence of locals and elders of the area to ensure that no violations are carried out against civilians and their property.

Without setting a specific date, the deal also provided for the reopening of government buildings and regime institutions in Daraa city.

More so, regime forces released 58 detainees from their prisons.

Reliable sources in Daraa told the Observatory that the agreement reached under Russia’s sponsorship aimed at defusing mounting tensions in Tafas.

In Tafas, former opposition fighters and commanders were ordered to hand over heavy weapons they possess.

The two parties to the agreement decided that persons wanted by the regime should leave west Daraa to other places within the province’s borders. The relocation of these persons was guaranteed by their clans’ dignitaries.

According to the new deal, no one will be deported to north Syria, except only one commander called Abu Tareq Al-Subayhi.

Subayhi is a prominent commander from Ataman town in western Daraa, and he will be deported to north Syria alongside former fighters and commanders who expressed their desire to leave the southern province.

The agreement was brokered following a meeting attended by representatives of the Russian-backed 5th Corps, the central committee in Hawaran, and the regime-backed 4th Armored Division.

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