Syrian Troops Enter Daraa al-Balad, Set Up Positions

Russia-brokered truce continues

The latest Russia-brokered ceasefire in Daraa al-Balad appears to be holding, with Syrian troops entering the rebel-held area and have setting up positions around the area, as per the deal’s terms.

The troops are to raid the homes of opposition leaders, and register the people still in the city. The Syrian military raised the flag over the area, and have declared it “free of terrorism.”

This was the latest of several ceasefire deals, all the others of which collapsed almost immediately. The latest deal certainly seems to be in better shape, but history has taught everyone to be cautious against declaring success.

Daraa al-Balad was one of the first rebel-held territories in the Syrian War, and one of the last holdouts. The initial deal on this was meant to see the rebels move northward to Idlib, though instead it lead to an ugly, protracted siege.

Author: Jason Ditz

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