After siege for 28 days | Negotiation committees reach agreement with regime forces excludes military choice in Daraa al-Balad
Daraa province: SOHR activists have reported that negotiation committees have reached an agreement with regime security committee evading military operation in Daraa al-Balad. The agreement stipulates for the following:
- Settlement of the security situation of 50 persons and handing over their weapons
- Setting up new checkpoints of regime troops at the slaughterhouse and post office.
According to SOHR sources, the agreement was presented and approved by both the Daraa committee and Syrian regime, while discussions are still underway regarding the mechanism of implementing the agreement.
A few days ago, SOHR activists reported that clans in Daraa al-Balad rejected the demands of the Military Security branch’s head in a meeting with the Central Committee in Hawaran, in which they considered these demands aimed to disturb the area’s stability. It is worth noting that the meeting coincided with the ongoing siege on Daraa al-Balad for the 23rd consecutive days.
According to reliable sources, the head of the Military Security branch in Daraa sent several demands to the Central Committee and clans in Hawaran, threatening of launching security operations in case those demands were rejected.
The demands included the handing over of suspects in Daraa al-Balad or displacing them to north Syrian, as well as forming four permanent military posts in Daraa al-Balad and its surrounding areas as follow:
- First post: in the post office building.
- Second one: near Daraa old customhouse.
- Third post: on the road between Daraa al-Balad and al-Shayah.
- Fourth post: on the road between Tariq al-Sadd neighborhood and Gharz area.
In late June, regime forces imposed a tight siege on 11,000 families in Daraa al-Balad, and prevented the entry of medicine and essential goods. While on June 16, SOHR activists reported the entry of a humanitarian aid convoy of the Syrian Red Crescent to the neighborhoods of Daraa al-Balad.