The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has lift its siege of the town of Kanakir to the south of the capital, Damascus, a number of pro-opposition sources reported on October 8.
According to the sources, the army withdrew all of its troops from the outskirt of the town and reopened all roads after reaching a final agreement with the locals to restart the reconciliation process in the town.
Under the new agreement, Syrian authorities also released three women from the town, who were arrested for unclear reasons on September 19.
Some of Kanakir’s militants used the arrest of the three women as a pretext to disturb peace in the town. The militants carried out a series of attacks on government forces inside the town as well as in nearby areas.
In response to these attacks, the SAA deployed large forces around Kanakir. Preparations were being made to carry out a limited operation in the town. However, an initial agreement with the locals was reached on October 3.
The final agreement will restart the reconciliation process in Kanakir. According to the Orient News, the town’s militants will join the Military Intelligence Directorate Branch 220, which is active in the southern Damascus countryside.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants involved in attacks, especially bombings in Damascus, will not be allowed to stay in Kanakir. The militants will be deported to opposition-held areas later.
Kanakir’s agreement will improve security around Damascus and strengthen the reconciliation process, without military action or bloodshed.
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