Despite ongoing bombardment on Daraa al-Balad | New round of negotiations starts between Russian forces, security committee and Central Committee
Daraa province: SOHR sources have reported that a meeting is underway between representatives of the Central Committee on one hand, and the regime’s security committee and Russian forces on the other in the municipal stadium in Daraa al-Mahattah. The meeting comes as a part of a new round of negotiations to reach a decisive solution regarding the critical situation in Daraa al-Balad. It is worth noting that Russian and regime forces are still adhering to several demands, including the handing over of all individual weapons, inspection in the houses of Daraa al-Balad, deployment of several posts and checkpoints, and evacuation of gunmen and civilians rejecting these demands to north Syria.
The meeting coincided with renewed rocket attacks by the 4th Division on the neighbourhoods of Daraa al-Balad.
SOHR sources reported earlier this morning the continuation of the military operation launched by regime-backed militias, headed by the 4th Division, on Daraa al-Balad in Daraa city. Intensive rocket fire hit Daraa al-Balad neighbourhood in the early hours of Sunday morning, along with an attempt by the 4th Division to advance into the region, before clashes erupted with the local gunmen and last for hours before the local gunmen managed to repel the attack.
According to SOHR sources, Tense clam prevailed for a few hours, before the 4th Division started a new round of intensive rocket fire this morning, along with flights by reconnaissance drones over the city.
This development came after the collapse of negotiations and the departure of the delegation of Hawaran tribes from Daraa al-Balad yesterday.
Last night, SOHR sources reported that the 4th Division and regime-backed militias started a very intensive attacks with rockets and heavy machineguns on Daraa al-Balad besieged neighbourhoods, shortly after the departure of a delegation of Hawaran tribes. The delegation of Hawaran tribes and the Central Committee had met with Russian officers with the aim to start a new round of negotiations.
A few hours ago, SOHR activists reported that the Russians gave the Central Committee in Daraa and the tribe dignitaries a new time limit to obtain clarifications from the members who rejected to strike new reconcilaitions in Daraa al-Balad, while the duration of the time limit remained unknown.
This development came after a meeting between a delegation of dignitaries and elders of Daraa tribes on one hand, and the Security and Military Committees in Daraa on the other in presence of Russian officers.
SOHR activists had reported that regime forces and the 4th Division opened fire with heavy machineguns on the tribal delegation and the Central Committee in Hawaran in al-Bahar region near Daraa al-Balad, while the local gunmen evacuated the delegation members from the targeted area. However, no casualties were reported.
It is worth noting that the 4th Division which is close to Iran, wanted a military operation to be launched in Daraa al-Balad.
SOHR sources reported earlier the arrival of nearly 22 buses at al-Shara’ checkpoint at the entrance of Daraa city in order to take the individuals opposing striking new reconciliations to north Syria region. The Russian forces gave the Central Committee in Daraa al-Balad a time limit to start evacuating gunmen and civilians who refused to struck new reconciliation deals, and threatened to resume military operations if these individuals did not leave Daraa by the evening.