The Syrian south truce completes its first 48 hours, violations affect the 3 provinces and continue in the countryside of al-Suwaidaa • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The Syrian south truce completes its first 48 hours, violations affect the 3 provinces and continue in the countryside of al-Suwaidaa

The Syrian south truce completed its 48 hours, it was started at the noon of Sunday the 9th of June 2017, after an American-Russian-Jordanian agreement to stop hostilities in the provinces of Al-Suwaidaa, Daraa and Quneitra on Sunday, 9th of July 2017, in accordance with the Russian – Jordanian – American agreement, to suspend hostilities in these provinces, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented within 48 hours of the truce more breaches, with the Syrian Observatory documented in the last hour of the first two days of the truce shelling by the regime forces using several shells areas in the road between Ayib and Karim village in al-Lajat area in the northeast countryside of Daraa, also explosions were heard in Daraa city after midnight of Monday – Tuesday, caused by the fall of 2 shells launched by the regime forces on 2 areas in Daraa al-Balad in Daraa city, which caused material damage, while the clashes continue between the regime forces supported by gunmen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities against the forces of Ahmed al-Abdu and Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiyyah supported by the International Coalition, in areas in the countryside of Al-Suwaidaa, which is adjacent to the southeast of Rif Dimashq, while shells landed on areas in Daraa al-Balad in Daraa city, which injured at least 4 persons.

The SOHR documented yesterday that the regime forces targeted a vehicle traveling on the road to Rakham area in Daraa countryside, which is adjacent to the western countryside of Al-Suwaidaa, setting fire to the car, thus rising smoke columns were observed, and causing the injury of one person at least. The regime forces also opened fire with heavy machine guns on areas in Daraa Al-Balad in Daraa city. No casualties were reported. The SOHR also documented yesterday the firing of at least two shells on places in Al-Harak area, located at the northeastern countryside of Daraa city, causing material damage but no casualties were reported. In addition, the SOHR documented violations before and after midnight yesterday. Such violations include the fall of 3 shells on Tarik Al-Sad neighborhood and Daraa Al-Balad in Daraa city and an exchange of fire that was heard in areas in Daraa Al-Balad with no casualties reported. The SOHR also documented yesterday before midnight violations of the agreement carried out by the regime forces when they fired two shells on Saida town in the eastern countryside of Daraa. There was also an exchange of shelling between one of the rebel factions and the regime forces in Al-Naima town and its surroundings in the same countryside in addition to the firing of two shells on areas in Daraa Al-Balad. As for the central countryside of Al-Quneitra, an exchange of targeting using heavy machine-guns occurred between the regime forces and some of the factions in the areas of Khan Arnaba and Al-Samadaniyya and MasHara and on the road to Jebbata Al-Khashab. Information about the injury of one person in Saida town was reported.

Reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the agreement also provides for an item which is deploying Russian military police forces in the cease-fire areas in the three provinces of the agreement, to oversee the cease-fire and carry out the truce, while the factions operating in the Desert of al-Suwaidaa which is interconnected with the southeast of Rif Dimashq reported that they have not been informed by any party regional or international about a cease-fire in the Syrian south, also the SOHR obtained information from reliable sources that the agreement provides for the withdrawal of the regime forces and their allied militiamen and the rebel and Islamic factions from contact lines in all areas, the deployment of the regime’s internal security forces in these lines whereas the rebel and Islamic factions participating in the agreement will be assigned the task of protecting all public and private establishments. In addition, it also stipulates the departure of all those unwilling to participate in the agreement, the full withdrawal of the regime’s allied militiamen – of non-Syrian nationalities, preparation of the infrastructure necessary for the return of refugees from Jordan successively, holding municipal elections and granting municipalities broad powers, and finally the delivery of humanitarian aid to the areas that abide by the ceasefire.  The SOHR published on the 17th of June 2017 that a Russian-American-Jordanian truce was put into effect in Daraa Province and was extended till the 20th of June but came to an end as a result of the renewed aerial and artillery shelling by the regime forces and their allied militiamen, helicopters and warplanes.