Late on September 4, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed its military operations against the remaining wanted gunmen in the southern part of Daraa city, known as Daraa al-Balad.
The elite 4th Division targeted the gunmen’s posts with battle tanks, heavy machine guns and dozens of improvised rocket-assisted munition. No civilian losses were reported as a result of the shelling.
The SAA decision to resume military operations in Daraa al-Balad was a response to the collapse of the August 31 reconciliation agreement. The Negotiation Committee in Daraa al-Balad decided to withdraw from the Russian-brokered agreement on September 3.
The agreement was meant to end the crisis in Daraa al-Balad that began more than two months ago when more than a 100 wanted gunmen in the area refused to hand over their weapons or leave.
After withdrawing from the agreement, the Negotiation Committee called on Russia and Syrian authorities to open a safe route for all the residents of Daraa al-Balad towards either Turkey or Jordan. Syrian authorities said that the residents can leave, but only to opposition-held areas in northern Syria.
The remaining gunmen in Daraa al-Balad are clearly not interested in any peaceful agreement. The SAA will likely escalate its strikes on the area in the upcoming few days. A full-on attack on the area is highly possible.
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