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World violent clashes in Deraa in southern Syria

02:25  30 july  2021
02:25  30 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Vue aérienne de la province de Deraa (copie écran d'une vidéo fournie par l'armée syrienne le 6 juillet 2018). © Central Military Media / VIA Reuters Aerial view of the Province of Dreraa (screenshot of a video provided by the Syrian Army on July 6, 2018).

Twenty-three people, including eight civilians, were killed on Thursday, July 29 in Deraa in the "the most violent" fighting that has shaken this province of southern Syria since its reconquest by the plan three years ago, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.

with our correspondent in Beirut, Paul Khalifeh

automatic weapons, mortars and rockets are used in the fighting that oppose the Syrian army and supplemental militia to ex-rebels in the southern province of Deraa, cradle of The Syrian revolt, reconquered by the government troops in 2018.

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In accordance with an agreement concluded under the auspices of Russia, the former rebels retain their small arms and always control certain neighborhoods of the city of Deraa and several localities in the region. But despite the end of hostilities the tension persists. Government troops often proceed to arrests and positions of the army and security forces are sometimes attacked.

rockets and mortars in the city of Deraa

Wednesday, the situation has shifted and fights broke out in several sectors. The ex-rebels captured about forty pro-regime fighters and took the total control of a dozen localities after hunting the regular army, which sent significant reinforcements.

The most violent clashes take place in the very city of Deraa, divided between the army and the ex-rebels. The belligerents compete with mortars and rockets around the old line of demarcation that got slipped.

The Russian army dispatched reinforcements and began negotiations to attempt to consolidate the cessation agreement of very fragile hostilities.

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