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Daraa Agreement Collapses, Local Leaders Ask For Complete Evacuation

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Daraa Agreement Collapses, Local Leaders Ask For Complete Evacuation

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On September 3, the recently-reached reconciliation agreement in the southern part of Daraa city, known as Daraa al-Balad, collapsed.

The agreement was brokered by Russia only three days ago. Syrian authorities and local leaders in Daraa al-Balad both promised to fully implement the agreement, which was meant to end a long crisis and secure Daraa city.

The collapse of the agreement was announced by Adnan al-Masalmah, a spokesman for Daraa al-Balad Negotiation Committee.

“We informed the Security Committee and the Russian side that the residents of Daraa’s besieged neighborhoods can’t to accept the conditions of handing over weapons and searching homes or live with the presence of military checkpoints in their neighborhoods,” the spokesman said, according to the Horan Free League.

According the spokesman, the Daraa al-Balad Negotiation Committee had asked Syrian authorities and the Russian side to provide a safe route that would allow all the residence of the area to leave towards Jordan or Turkey.

Al-Masalmah held Iran responsible for the collapse of the reconciliation agreement. Opposition activists in Daraa have been accusing Tehran of inciting the Syrian authorities against them for a while now.

The crisis in Daraa al-Balad began more than two months ago when some 100 wanted gunmen refused to leave the area and hand over their weapons.

Syrian authorities have not responded to the demands of Daraa al-Balad leaders, yet. The authorities may agree to let everyone leave Daraa al-Balad. However, the Syrian Arab Army could also opt to launch a full-on military operation in the area.

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