المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Despite changing the negotiating committee…the negotiations continue about the destiny of the Syrian South between the opposition and the Russians amid anticipation for reaching a final comprehensive agreement

Daraa Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from a number of reliable sources that the negotiations are still continuing between the Russians and between representatives of the towns of Daraa and their military factions, in an attempt to reach a final agreement about the Syrian South, and the sources confirmed to the SOHR that there are changes and modifications with regard to some of the terms included within the Russian proposal which has been presented as a draft of the final agreement in Daraa, where the representatives of the opposition try to have better and more comprehensive conditions and guarantees, while there is anticipation for reaching a final agreement between the regime and the opposition with Russian guarantee, where the agreement will include important points the first of which is a complete and permanent cease-fire in both provinces of Daraa and Al-Quneitra, while the side of the Syrian opposition, tends to change the committee which represents it and which is in charge of negotiating with the Russians, where a committee of 12 members at least was formed, where they were assigned by the Syrian South operation command.

The Syrian Observatory monitored 3 rounds of violations during the daytime hours, two of which targeted Tafas town in the western countryside of Daraa, while the last one targeted Al-Harrah area in the Triangle of Death in the same countryside, without information about resulting in fall of casualties, where the violations were represented by artillery and rocket shelling by the regime forces which targeted the abovementioned areas, after the regime forces managed today, Tuesday the 3rd of July 2018, to enter 4 towns in the eastern countryside which are Al-Kahil and the Western Al-Gharya after they had entered Al-Musayfirah and Al-Sahwah, increasing their scope of control in the province, and in the eastern sector approaching even more towards Nasib Border Crossing, and the border line between Syria and Jordan, where the regime forces are seeking to impose their control over the entire province of Daraa through “reconciliations”.

And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published today morning, that negotiations continue between the Russians and the representatives of the factions operating in Daraa, in order to reach a solution about the future of Daraa Province, where the continuation of negotiations comes in conjunction with the continuation of cautious calm in fronts of Daraa Province since midnight of yesterday, amid the continued absence of warplanes and helicopters from the sky of Daraa Province since 48 hours ago, when they bombarded Tafas town by more than 22 raids, where the only round of aerial bombardment on Daraa was about 60 hours ago, where the Syrian Observatory has not monitored a raid in 60 hours on any of the towns and villages of Daraa Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also monitored the entry of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them to several towns and villages, like al-Msifra and al-Sahweh which had joined the “reconciliation”, that provides for the entry of local police forces and not to be entered by the regime forces, while the Syrian Observatory published on the 1st of July 2018 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the continuation of negotiations between the Russians and between representatives of towns of the eastern countryside of Daraa, where the talks and consultations have achieved new progress through consensus with the representatives of the towns of Bosra Al-Sham and Al-Jiza, where the agreement is based on handing over the heavy and medium weapons and maintaining the light weapons, raising the regime’s flag on the government institutions and centers and reactivating them, thus, Bosra Al-Sham and Al-Jiza join the towns which are included in a similar agreement which took place on Al-Kahil, Al-Musayfirah and Al-Sahweh, after the regime forces managed to take the control of the towns of the Western Al-Gharya, the Eastern Al-Gharya, Um Walad, Al-Karak Al-Sharqi and the hills near the area, Al-Hrak, Al-Sorah, Alma, Rakham, Bosr Al-Harir, Maliha Al-Atash, Eastern Mleha Western Mleha and Al-Lajat area, where this advancement by the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them expanded their scope of control in Daraa province, where the regime forces managed to expand their scope of control to about 58% of the total area of Daraa province, where 3 military powers are located, the first is the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them, the second is the rebel and Islamic factions, and the third is Jaysh Khaled Ibn Al-Waleed which pledges allegiance to the “Islamic State” organization, where the latter is on control of 6.6 % of the area of Daraa province, after the death of hundreds of citizens, members of the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them and fighters of the rebel and Islamic factions, since the start of escalating the shelling on the 19th of June 2018.

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