Iranian-backed military groups withdraw from Daraa neighborhoods, southern Syria

DARAA, Syria (North Press) – On Thursday, military groups of the government forces and Iranian-backed factions withdrew from the vicinity of Daraa al-Balad, Tariq al-Sadd neighborhood and the camps in Daraa, southern Syria.

“The groups withdrew from the Gharz and al-Nakhla areas in the vicinity of Daraa al-Balad, but kept a number of their military checkpoints in the grain silos in Gharz, near the Daraa Dam and the Quneitra school on the outskirts of Tariq l-Sadd neighborhood,” local sources told North Press.    

They added that some groups withdrew “partially” from the Shiyah farms near the Jordanian border, “they have kept some points in the southwestern side of the city.”

The withdrawing forces headed towards temporary headquarters in the western countryside of the city of Daraa, according to the same sources.

They pointed out that the government forces reopened military checkpoints that they had closed during the siege of the neighborhoods, most notably the al-Saraya checkpoint, which connects Daraa al-Balad and the besieged neighborhoods with  the city center of Daraa, which allowed the displaced families to return to their homes.

The withdrawal of the factions comes in implementation of the terms of the agreement held on September 5 between the notables of Daraa governorate and the government forces under Russia’s guarantee. 

Yesterday, government forces entered the besieged neighborhoods of Daraa and some of the IDPs returned to their homes through al-Saray checkpoint, which was reopened.

During the past two months, neighborhoods of Daraa al-Balad, Tariq al-Sadd, and the camps have witnessed shelling by the government forces and Iranian-backed factions before reaching a Russian-sponsored ceasefire agreement.

Reporting by Ihsan Muhammad