South Syrian rebels lay down arms in another Assad victory

South Syrian rebels lay down arms in another Assad victory

South Syrian rebels lay down arms in another Assad victory

Daraa is seen as the cradle of the uprising that sparked Syria's seven-year war, and the government retaking full control of it would be a symbolic victory for President Bashar Assad.

Hundreds of troops in a large military convoy with Russian and Syrian flags advanced on Syria's Nassib border crossing with Jordan, witnesses said.

There are only "around 150 to 200 people right now at the border", he said.

Many ordinary Syrians who have lived in opposition-held areas for years fear retribution and say that they do not trust the authorities if they return to live again under state authority.

Syrian government forces have taken over the southern Nassib crossing on the border with Jordan as rebels agreed to give up their weapons in a deal with Russian Federation, marking a major victory for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Three civilians were killed in air strikes on Um al-Mayazin, just five kilometres north of the Jordanian border, said the Britain-based monitor.

The Israeli army said it launched strikes after Syrian mortar fire struck near Israel's security fence, "part of the internal fighting between the regime and the rebels in Syria", it said, without giving details on the retaliation.

"We only received information that the reopening of the crossing would not take a long time".

"The military incursion into Um al-Mayazin came after opposition fighters there rejected the agreement", Mr Abdel Rahman said. In conversations with more than half a dozen rebel commanders, fighters and negotiators on Sunday and Monday, all said that despite the reconciliation deal, a sense of confusion and uncertainty hangs over Daraa.

With about 320,000 displaced since June 19, and lacking support from their Western and regional backers, the rebels announced Friday they had accepted a deal for a gradual handover of weapons and territory.

Syrian television showed footage of government tanks moving toward the crossing, which rebels seized from Syrian forces in April 2015.

The reporter added that the army units inflicted heavy losses upon terrorist groups in personnel and equipment.

Opposition sources told the German dpa news agency that rebels who wanted to leave Daraa would be allowed to take their light weapons and move to areas controlled by Turkish-backed rebels in northern Syria.

"We agree on an immediate cessation of hostilities on both sides to have a new round of negotiations".

"Our comrades are taking part in planning and in directing operations", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

An Islamic State jihadist group affiliate, which holds a small pocket in the southwest of Daraa, is excluded from the ceasefire deal.

It caps a series of government victories nationwide since Russian Federation intervened in 2015 on Assad's side, including for the former rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus earlier this year.

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