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Settlements in Syria’s east of Daraa under completion

DARAA, Syria (North Press) – Security apparatuses of the Syrian government forces continue settlements in the town of al-Jiza, east of Daraa, southern Syria, and the neighboring towns with the approval of the Russian Military Police (MP).

On Wednesday, the government forces threatened to bomb the town in the event that they do not hand over their light weapons; However, residents met with the wanted people and they agreed on handing the weapons today, Thursday, and complete the settlements there, according to sources from the town.

Today, the government security forces are completing the settlement process for a number of wanted people in the settlement centers that they established at the headquarters of the Baath Party Division in al-Jiza, local sources told North Press.

Residents of the towns of al-Jiza and al-Mata’iyah and the villages of Nada and al-Oman, which are on the border strip with Jordan, are included in the settlement, the sources added.

On Wednesday, a number of wanted people refused to hand their individual weapons, they noted.

Meanwhile, the government forces conducted a search campaign accompanied by Russian MP and notables in the villages and towns that were subjected to the settlements in conjunction with blocking all routes leading to al-Jiza.

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 Mousa Haydar

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