Asad gains ground with his offensive in southern Syria

Asad gains ground with his offensive in southern Syria

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Since the start of the Damascus offensive on Deraa, on June 19, at least 132 civilians have died.

    
Syrien, Konflikt, Daraa (Reuters)

Syrian government forces continued on Sunday (01.07.2018) their offensive in the southern province of Deraa, where the army of Damascus extended its control to 58% of the territory, thanks to an agreement reached by Russia with the rebels of two populations that They have agreed to surrender.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that agreements have been reached in the negotiations being carried out by Russia, an ally of Damascus, and representatives of the opposition factions for the rebels to surrender their arms in two towns of Deraa, one of the last bastions with presence of armed groups.

The pacts include the towns of Busra al Sham and Yiza, in the south of the province, in which it has been stipulated that the rebels surrender their weapons of all calibers and the Syrian flag is raised again in government buildings.

The NGO explained that a similar agreement was recently reached in three other towns and that, in this way, the forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad already control 58% of Deraa’s surface, after having launched a military campaign last 19 of June.

At least 132 civilians killed in less than two weeks

In total, since the beginning of the government offensive less than two weeks ago, 117 troops have been killed by the official forces and militias allied to Damascus, in addition to 74 members of the opposition factions. In the same period, 132 civilians have lost their lives, according to the NGO, and 120,000 have had to leave their homes due to violence.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Saturday raised that number to 160,000 people, many of whom have gone to the border area with Jordan, which has so far refused to allow them access to its territory.

The current offensive in Deraa puts an end to almost a year of relative calm in the province, where a ceasefire was in effect since July 2017 thanks to an agreement reached with the mediation of Russia – the Damascus vault – and the US. and Jordan, partners of the rebels. Deraa is one of the last Syrian provinces where the rebel factions still dominate part of the territory, in addition to Idleb (north), controlled almost entirely by Islamist groups.

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