Timeline | Recent developments across Syria
July 31, 2021
The Iranian-backed Afghani militia of Liwaa Fatemiyoun graduated a new batch of the recently-joined recruitments. It is worth noting that the batch, which comprised nearly 64 militiamen, was taken to Ain Ali shrine on the outskirts of al-Mayadeen in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, where the recruits practiced the rituals of Liwaa Fatemiyoun, including smearing faces with mud in the shrine, getting blessing of water there, and chanting Shiite slogans, as it was the case with each batch of new recruits.
SOHR activists have documented the death of a little boy and his sister due to the explosion of an Old landmine, while they were grazing sheep nearby Deir Adas in northern Daraa.
SOHR activists have reported that anti-regime local gunmen in Daraa released over five prisoners including an officer of the regime-backed 4th Division this evening.
Similarly, the local gunmen released, yesterday, 24 other prisoners who were captured during attacks by the gunmen on regime forces stationed at several checkpoints and positions in Daraa.
This development came after an agreement reached under Russian supervision, which saved Daraa from military operations and as a part of preparations for implementing the new agreement
SOHR sources had reported that Russian forces and the central committee in Hawaran reached a new agreement that avoided the military operation and put an end to the high tension in Daraa governorate. The agreement stipulated for the entry of Russian backed 8th Corps to the region in order to implement the agreement, as well as being positioned in posts and military sites in several areas in Daraa. The agreement also stipulated for t the displacement of about 130 suspects to north Syria.
On the other hand, Russian forces and the regime-backed 4th division reached an agreement with the 5th Corps to put a joint mechanism for implementing the agreement.
It is worth noting that the central committee in Hawaran negotiated several times with the Syrian regime under the supervision of Russian forces in Daraa Municipal Stadium, without reaching a settlement.
SOHR activists had documented the death of more civilians, soldiers and fighters who were killed during the recent dramatic developments throughout Daraa since Thursday, July 29, which brought the total death to 32 people. The breakdown of fatalities was as follows:
-12 civilians were killed in attacks by regime forces with machineguns, shells and rockets, and they were as follows:
- Three civilians, including a child, in Daraa al-Balad
- A man in Jasim
- A child on the road between Namer and Kherbet Ghazala
- A woman and her little son, three other children and two men in al-Yadouda.
-11 local fighters were killed in shelling and clashes with regime forces, and they were as follows:
- Five fighters in Daraa al-Balad
- A fighter in Jasim
- A fighter in al-Muzayrib
- Four fighters in the surrounding areas of Tafas, including a commander whom regime forces asked to leave to north Syria.
SOHR activists have documented the death of four children and a man, after members of the regime-backed Fourth Division had prevented the ambulances from transferring the victims to the hospitals of Aleppo to get treated.
In this context, hundreds of Afrin residents have staged a vigil in front of the Russian post in al-Wahsheyah village, where protesters demanded the Russian forces exert pressure on regime forces to lift the stifling siege imposed on Afrin residents and to allow patients to cross into Aleppo to receivethe proper medical treatment. In addition, the demonstrators demanded the opening the road for the entry of food and relief supplies into the northern countryside of Aleppo.
“Peace Spring” areas
SOHR activists have reported that the Turkish forces and their proxies have shelled, with heavy artillery, al-Dardara village in the countryside of Tel Tamr in Al-Hasakah province for the second consecutive day, along with firing flares over the frontlines with Syria Democratic Forces (SDF). However, no casualties have been reported yet.
-SOHR activists have reported that an SDF member shot a man dead, while he was crossing SDF checkpoint in Swaydan Jazeera village in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. According to SOHR sources, the murderer killed the man, both were from Darnaj village in the east of Deir Ezzor.