Settlement processes in Syria’s Daraa start in new towns

DARAA, Syria (North Press) – On Wednesday, settlement processes started in the towns of al-Jiza, al-Mata’iyah, Nada and al-Amman in the eastern countryside of Daraa on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

The town of al-Mata’iyah is less than 2 km from the Jordanian border, and it was a center for the transfer of displaced people from the villages and towns of Daraa to Jordanian territory in 2011.  

The security services of the government forces set up a settlement center at the headquarters of the Baath Party Division in al-Jiza, in the presence of the Russian Military Police (MP) and the town’s dignitaries, local sources said.

The security services of the government forces had sent to the notables of the town a list of the names of those wanted to settle their status, a copy of which was reviewed by North Press, and the list included 91 people. 

Dozens of residents went to the settlement center to settle their status, in addition to handing over a number of light weapons, according to the sources.

The sources stated that after the settlement process is completed, the government forces will deploy in the three towns, similar to what happened in the western and northern countryside of Daraa.

The steps of the settlements come as a continuation of the agreement held in early September between the Central Committee and the government forces brokered by Russia.

On September 5, a number of Daraa’s notables and government forces, in the presence of a number of Russian officers, reached a ceasefire agreement, including handing over weapons and deploying governmental security points in the towns of Daraa governorate.

Daraa was subjected to a suffocating siege imposed by Iranian-backed factions and the government forces for more than two months. Finally, an agreement was reached between the parties to the conflict brokered by Russia on a ceasefire and the entry of government forces into the besieged neighborhoods.

Reporting by Ihsan Muhammad