Negotiation to Ceasefire between Govt. Forces, Rebel Under Way in Syria’s Daraa After 10 years: Monitor
Piqued by the unrest that spawned from the war in Syria, a war monitor has said talks are on top gears in Syria’s southern province of Daraa after the deadliest flareup in three years killed 28 people, including 11 civilians to put an of war.
On Thursday, it was a clash between government forces and rebel fighters which marked one of the deadliest days of fighting in Syria in recent months.
They posed a fresh challenge to a Moscow-brokered truce that allowed rebels to stay in Daraa province after it was taken by the government in 2018.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stressed that the two sides exchanged tit-for-tat machine gunfire but refrained from escalating attacks following talks to stop the fighting.
The negotiations between the Syrian army, security officials, and a committee of Daraa residents formed in the wake of the clashes, came under pressure from Russia and it remains to be seen whether a ceasefire deal was reached, the monitor said.
Thursday’s exchange started when the army launched a ground assault backed by artillery on Daraa al-Balad, a southern district of the provincial capital that is considered a hub for former rebel groups, the Observatory said.
In response, rebel fighters launched a broad counterattack, seizing several government positions across the province and capturing more than 40 troops and militiamen, it added.
The violence killed 28 people, including eight government fighters and nine gunmen affiliated with opposition groups.
Shelling by the army of several parts of Daraa also killed 11 civilians, including several children.
The Observatory said the clashes were the fiercest and most extensive to hit Daraa since it came under government control.
The war in Syria has killed nearly 500,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011.