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Militants, Government Negotiate Reconciliation Agreement In Rastan Town in Homs Province

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The head of the security and military committee in Homs, Major Barakat Barakat said that the Syrian government is currently working to reach a reconciliation agreement in Rastan town in the northern Homs countryside similar to the agreement in Al-Wa’r district in Homs.

The Hezbollah media wing in Syria announced on Sunday that 153 opposition fighters from Homs city and the northern Homs countryside were granted amnesty by the Syrian government after they had requested it.

From its side, the local council of Talbisah town denied on July 11 reaching any reconciliation agreement with the Syrian government, and condemned the reports that spoke about this matter, and also called on the Islamic courts to persecute everyone who speaks about this matter. On July 15, a group of civilians demonstrated against any reconciliation agreement in Talbisah town.

Militants, Government Negotiate Reconciliation Agreement In Rastan Town in Homs Province

On July 16, a convoy of humanitarian aid by the United Nations and World Food Program (WFP) entered the northern Homs countryside in coordination with both the Syrian government and the opposition in the northern countryside. The Syrian government allows humanitarian aid to enter northern Homs countryside at least once a month.

It’s believed that the rejection by the local council is the result of fear of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which is working to oppose reconciliation agreements throughout Syria, and is considered the strongest party in the northern Homs countryside.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has thrown several leaflets over the northern Homs countryside during the past few days calling for reconciliation. It’s believed that if SAA decided to launch a military operation against the northern Homs countryside in the future, the militant groups in the countryside will not be able to stop it more than a month as it suffers from poor armament as a result of the SAA siege for more than 3 years .

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