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Second visit in a few days | Russian delegation visits Um Batna town

Al-Quneitra Province: Reliable sources in south Syria region have told the Syrian Observatory that a Russian delegation was seen arriving in Um Batna town in the middle countryside of al-Quneitra, near the occupied Syrian Golan. According to SOHR sources, the Russian delegation met with several of the town’s dignitaries and residents, while the outcomes of these meeting remained unknown. It is worth noting that this is the second visit by the Russians since the start of tension in the town on May 1.

 

On May 2, SOHR activists monitored tense calm prevailing in Um Batna town in the middle countryside of al-Quneitra following the developments in the previous day, as regime forces allowed the residents to travel in and out the town. This calm coincided with deployment of regime forces in the surrounding areas of the town, along with boosting their checkpoints there.

 

On the other hand, the new round of negotiations supposed to be held between dignitaries of Um Batna town and other dignitaries from surrounding towns on one hand, and regime forces on the other was postponed for three days, amid efforts to prevent the evacuation of specific young people to north Syria region, as regime forces demanded.

 

A day earlier, SOHR sources reported the end of the first round of negotiations between representatives of the Syrian regime and dignitaries from the countryside of Damascus, Daraa and al-Quneitra, but no agreement was reached. While preparations were underway for new rounds of negotiations regarding the recent developments in Um Batna town.

 

According to SOHR sources, regime forces demanded the evacuation of ten people from Um Batna town, who had launched the attack on the hill of Jaba orchards, and the settlement of security situations of the people who passed their date of joining the mandatory service in regime’s army.

 

A few hours earlier, reliable sources informed SOHR that regime forces brought in military reinforcement to the surrounding areas of Um Batna town in the middle countryside of al-Quneitra, where they cordoned off the town. Meanwhile, negotiations were underway between the town’s dignitaries and regime officers, as regime forces conditioned the evacuation of some young people and wanted individuals to north Syria, amid popular rejection of these demands.

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