The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Kanakir’s locals have reached an initial agreement that will restart the reconciliation process in the town, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on October 3.
Earlier this week, the SAA deployed large reinforcements around Kanakir, that’s locate south of the capital, Damascus. The army was about to launch a military operation against militants hiding in the town. The militants were responsible for a number of recent attacks.
According to the SOHR, the initial agreement was reached after a meeting between senior SAA officers and prominent figures from Kanakir.
Under the new agreement, the following terms will be implemented:
- The SAA will put its plan to launch an operation in Kanakir on hold;
- Kanakir’s militants will join the reconciliation agreement and enlist in pro-government forces;
- The militants who refuse to join the reconciliation agreement will be departed to opposition-held areas in northern Syria;
- SAA troops will enter Kanakir and establish a number of positions inside the town;
- SAA troops will launch a search operation in Kanakir’s farmlands to look for weapons caches.
Some opposition sources claimed that the agreement is being implemented and that SAA troops are already entering Kanakir. However, this is yet to be confirmed.
Tension escalated in Kanakir last month after the arrest of local wanted women by security forces. The town’s militants used the arrest as a pretext to resume attacks on government forces, violating the 2016 reconciliation agreement.
The new agreement will help restate the rule of law in Kanakir without the need for a military operation that may lead to human losses on both sides.
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