World Syrian rebels agree to give up Daraa, cradle of 2011 revolt

18:15  12 july  2018
18:15  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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BEIRUT – Syrian rebels have agreed to surrender the southern city of Daraa , the first to revolt against President Bashar Assad in Arab Spring-inspired protests earlier this decade, activists said Thursday. Protests in Daraa in 2011 against the government's mistreatment of teenage detainees

The rebel Free Syrian Army was created on July 29, 2011 , marking the transition into armed insurgency. Blockades were set up in several cities to prevent the movement of protests. Despite the crackdown, widespread protests continued throughout the month in Daraa , Baniyas, Al-Qamishli

Displaced Syrians from the Daraa province come back to their hometown in Bosra, southwestern Syria, on July 11, 2018. © MOHAMAD YUSUF/AFP/Getty Images Displaced Syrians from the Daraa province come back to their hometown in Bosra, southwestern Syria, on July 11, 2018. BEIRUT — Syrian rebels have agreed to surrender the southern city of Daraa, the first to revolt against President Bashar Assad in Arab Spring-inspired protests earlier this decade, activists said Thursday.

Protests in Daraa in 2011 against the government's mistreatment of teenage detainees ignited a national revolt against decades of authoritarian rule. Syria eventually descended into a full-blown civil war that has claimed the lives of some 400,000 people and displaced more than 5 million as refugees.

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An opposition fighter looks out from a destroyed building in a rebel -held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa . In early March 2011 more than a dozen Daraa youths, influenced by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, scribbled slogans In Daraa After Ghouta, Syria army to target cradle of revolt .

Government troops surround remaining rebel forces in Daraa , where rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad erupted in March 2011 . A Syrian army soldier stands next to a Syrian flag in Umm al-Mayazen, in the countryside of Daraa , Syria , July 10, 2018.

Ahmad Masalmeh, a media activist formerly based in Daraa, said fighters in the city had accepted an offer of amnesty from the government, and let back in the state institutions and symbols of Assad's rule.

Rebels refusing to accept the deal will be exiled with their families to other rebel-held parts of the country.

The agreement follows a template imposed by the government and its Russian and Iranian backers that has forced hundreds of thousands of Syrians, including media activists, army defectors, and draft dodgers and their family members, to give up their homes to lift the sieges against their cities.

Human rights monitors say the arrangements amount to a program of political and demographic engineering in Syria to secure Assad's rule.

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The political terrorists and radical groups that hold the northwest province of Idlib remain a threat, but analysts say Assad's priority will likely be the southern province of Daraa , where protests against his rule first broke out in 2011 . After losing swathes of territory to rebels , Syria 's army has regained

An opposition fighter looks out from a destroyed building in a rebel -held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa . In early March 2011 more than a dozen Daraa youths, influenced by the revolutions in Tunisia and It is divided up between different opposition groups that control nearly 70 percent of it.

Government forces launched an offensive to recapture southwest Syria and the areas neighboring Jordan and Israel on June 19. They surrounded Daraa's rebel-held quarters on Monday. Dozens have been killed in the campaign, including 162 civilians, according to Rami Abdurrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights — among them women and children.

Daraa governor Mohamad al-Hanous said government forces were in control of 80 percent of the city, according to the government-linked Central Military Media outlet, while Syrian state media reported late Wednesday that rebels in Daraa had agreed to surrender their heavy and medium weapons.

Under the terms of the agreement, Russia will deploy military police to maintain order in Daraa and facilitate the transition back to government rule, said a media activist inside who asked for anonymity out of concern for his safety.

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  Syria, Russia resume southern offensive after talks collapse <p>Syrian and Russian forces launched a wave of air strikes against rebel-held areas in the southwest and pushed into a major town.</p>The government's advance in the southern Daraa province, which began on June 19, has captured wide areas and forced an estimated 330,000 people to flee their homes. Opposition activists say scores of civilians have been killed.

In early March 2011 greater than a dozen Daraa youths – Rebel bastion –. Daraa province is likely one of the final centres of insurgent forces in Syria , after they misplaced huge swathes of territory to the regime. It is split up between totally different opposition teams that management almost 70 % of it.

In early March 2011 more than a dozen Daraa youths, influenced by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, scribbled slogans hostile to President Bashar Daraa province is one of the last centres of rebel forces in Syria , after they lost vast swathes of territory to the regime. It is divided up between

Russian mediators are warning fighters and civilians against leaving Daraa for Idlib, the northwest Syrian province where over a million displaced Syrians are living in dire conditions and exposed to government airstrikes and the possibility of a future offensive.

"Idlib is a crematory," the activist said Russian mediators warned him.

Humanitarian groups say more than 300,000 people have been displaced by the government's southern offensive, moving toward the Jordanian border and to Quneitra, a province that borders Israel.

Israel and Jordan's borders are closed to refugees, and the aid group Oxfam said Thursday it was unable to deliver enough aid across the Jordan border to meet the needs of the internally displaced residents.

The circumstances are especially perilous for journalists and media activists, who say they fear for their lives if they are captured by government troops.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday at least 70 journalists were trapped in southwest Syria and required protection.

Syria is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, according to CPJ. At least 120 journalists have been killed in the country in relation to their work since the conflict began in 2011, according to CPJ research. At the time of CPJ's most recent prison census, at least seven journalists were in Syrian state prisons while many others are missing.

Masalmeh, the media activist, said he was smuggled out of southwest Syria to Jordan four days ago, leaving his parents and extended family in Daraa.

He said he had not heard from them in two days.

Evacuation of two pro-Assad Syrian villages complete .
The evacuation of all civilians from two loyalist Syrian villages that were besieged by rebels in the northwest is complete, Syria's Ikhbariya television said on Thursday.BEIRUT, July 18 (Reuters) - The evacuation of thousands of people from two loyalist Syrian villages that were besieged by rebels in the northwest is complete, state media said on Thursday, with the government expected to release hundreds of detainees in return.

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