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Free Syrian Army and Russia reach agreement in Nawa, Daraa

Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Samra Bulbol
Publication date: 2018/07/18 13:46

Daraa - SMART

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Russia reached an agreement in Nawa, 25 kilometers north of Daraa, Southern Syria. A Syrian government envoy attended the meeting.

The head of the negotiation delegation, Mahran al-Daya, stated that the agreement requires the Syrian government forces to take control of the military bases in the perimeter of Nawa and the FSA to secure the government forces when passing through the city.

The agreement requires the FSA to hand part of the heavy weapons and to keep the rest to reinforce the front lines with the Khalid Ibn al-Walid Army, which is accused of pledging the Islamic State(ISIS). After a certain period, a reconciliation will take place, and the fighters hand over their weapons.

The agreement also requires evacuating the fighters who refuse to reconcile toward Northern Syria, within 24-48 hours after signing the agreement.

Al-Daya added that the dissidents will join their assigned bases in the Syrian Government forces, or will be released after the reconciliation. The men at the age of compulsory military service will follow their military ranks if their ranks were released the men will be released as well, and if the ranks are still in operating in the army, the men must join.

The agreement gave a six-month time limit for the men who exceeded the conscription age.

The agreement took place one night after an intense Syrian government aerial and missile attacks on Nawa. The attacks killed 17 civilians and injured others.

On July 6, the FSA factions reached a final agreement with Russia. The agreement includes Daraa, except the Northwestern outskirts. It requires a cease-fire, the FSA to hand over the heavy weapons and evacuating the people who refuse to reconcile to Northern Syria.