Syrian opposition factions agree to Russian settlement in Daraa

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday that negotiations between the Russians and the representatives of towns in the eastern countryside of Daraa achieved great progress.

The representatives of Busra al-Sham and Al-Jiza agreed to the Russian proposal which stipulates that the opposition hands over its medium and heavy weapons and raises the regime’s flag on institutions and governmental centers and reactivate their work.

The opposition gets to keep their light weapons.

Busra al-Sham and Al-Jiza have thus joined Kiheel, Al-Musayfirah and Al-Sahwah factions in agreeing to this settlement.

The negotiations between Busra al-Sham and Russian officers took place on Sunday following Jordanian mediation as negotiations between them on Saturday had failed.

The opposition said the negotiations first failed because of the strict Russian demands but Jordan, which is concerned over battles erupting on its northern borders, intervened afterwards and mediate to reach a ceasefire.

Last week, the Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power turned their focus to the rebel-held southwest, Daraa, to restore it.

According to a war monitoring group, the offensive has uprooted more than 120,000 civilians, driving most of them towards the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.


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