Syria Fires Rockets Into Daraa al-Balad as Latest Peace Deal Collapses

Two killed, six wounded in rocket fire

For the second time in a month, a deal was announced to end the fighting and siege in Syria’s Daraa al-Balad, and for the second time, that deal immediately collapsed. On Thursday, Syrian forces fired rockets and artillery against Daraa al-Balad and neighboring towns.

30 rockets hit the town of Tafas, killing two and wounding six. Shelling and tank fire was reported elsewhere in the area.

The July deal was meant to disarm the rebels in return for an end to the siege. This failed when the rebels turned in only a handful of broken weapons, and said they wouldn’t turn over anything else.

This new deal was supposed send the rebels to Idlib Province, and buses were sent in to collect them. Though some rebels reportedly did leave successfully, others showed up and loudly refused to get on the bus.

Syria seems only to willing to resume hostilities if the deal isn’t fulfilled. The rebels are demanding that Syria agree to release political prisoners as part of a future deal. For now, that seems unlikely to happen.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.