On Thursday, the Al-Mayadeen TV channel released a report claiming that the Syrian government and militants of Daraa city reached a comprehensive reconciliation agreement during negotiations organized by Russia and participated by Jordan.
The Al-Mayadeen report included the terms of the agreement:
- The army’s control of the Nisib crossing and raise the Syrian flag on it;
- Return of refugees in Jordan to Daraa;
- Coordinate the efforts of the army and the militants in fighting terrorism;
- Settlement the situation of militants who wish to, and those who don’t want to will stay in Daraa;
- Raising the Syrian flag over the districts of the city and neutralizing the fighting and redeployment of the army on its outskirts while police deployed inside the districts.
Following the Al-Mayadeen TV, many pro-government media outlets repeated repeated the same rumors. However, they appeared to be untrue.
Jamal al-Zu’bi, a member of the Syrian People’s Assembly for Daraa province, denied any agreement of reconciliation with militant groups and terrorists in Daraa. Zu’bi confirmed that there had been serious attempts, but that terrorist practices and their insistence on attacking civilians made it “far away.”
In a statement to Sputnik, Zu’bi said: “Reconciliation has not taken place, and I think it has become distant, especially in Daraa al-Balad, because they broke the first truce and shelled the safe civilians.”
Moreover, Zu’bi said that on Thursday the SAA intensified its operations in Daraa after Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) had targeted civilians in Daraa al-Mahatta area. Zu’bi also confirmed that there may be other attempts in the future to reach an agreement in Daraa.
It is not expected to reach any solution in the south of Syria because of HTS that controls most of the areas of Daraa and allied with the FSA. Although Jordan participated in the negotiations with the Syrian government, Jordan has been supporting HTS and its allies with arms and information so far.