Syrian Rebels Leaving Daraa al-Balad Under Russia-Brokered Truce

Buses are ferrying remnant fighters into Idlib Province

The latest flare-up in fighting in southern Syria’s Daraa al-Balad looks like it may be resolved, as Russia has stepped in to broker another truce, and the rebels are starting to leave the area as part of the deal.

This deal follows up a deal made last month which was meant simply to disarm the rebels and let them stay there. Now, buses have been sent in to collect the rebels, mostly Free Syrian Army, and transfer them to the Idlib Province.

If fulfilled, this would resolve the siege in Daraa al-Balad, though it adds yet more rebels to the part of Idlib under the control of al-Qaeda-linked militants, which is one of the last major rebel territories in Syria.

Deals which see the rebels compacted into Idlib have been common in recent years, but leave open the question of how Syria is going to resolve the dense number of rebel fighters of varying factions clustered together in one area.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.