Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Syrian government raises flag in Deraa, birthplace of revolt

Syrian government raises flag in Deraa, birthplace of revolt

That deal come after a ceasefire announced last week stemmed almost three weeks of regime bombardment on the symbolic wider province of the same name, which borders Jordan.

It marks another milestone in Assad's efforts to recover control of Syria, where civil war is estimated to have killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven some 11 million people from their homes. Israel signalled it would not impede the offensive, even as it struck Syrian army posts near the frontier in retaliation for a drone incursion.

Syrian state media said Assad's forces hoisted their flag for the first time in years in the rebel-controlled parts of the city after a surrender deal was agreed with local rebels, which included a planned handover of weapons and the exile of opposition fighters and activists.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has been monitoring the war, said rebels were still in the city, but on Thursday their departure appeared to be merely a matter of time.

"There is still a pocket controlled by the ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in Deraa".

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Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold, is included in a "de-escalation" agreement negotiated by Russian Federation and Iran, which support the government, and Turkey, which backs the opposition and has deployed a dozen observation points in the province.

"There is a guarantee by the Russians that the army will not enter Daraa al-Balad", said Abu Bayan, a leader of a rebel faction in the city, referring to the name of the area.

The Russian base has been a frequent target of attacks by opposition forces in recent months, the largest of which occurred in January when the Russian military claimed to have shot down seven of 13 drones that attempted to bomb the airbase, and jammed the others forcing them to land.

Two armoured vehicles with senior Russian officers entered the devastated old city and began talks with commanders from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on implementing the terms of the deal.

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