Tensions between the Syrian Army and local armed fighters (former members of militant groups that reconciled with the government and joined the 5th Assault Corps) remain high in the province of Daraa.
According to photos and videos appearing online, the Syrian Army was forced to withdraw from the village of Kahil Jizah and local fighters seized all the checkpoints surrounding it.
S. #Syria: today 5th Corps remains in control of checkpoints surrounding area of Kahil in the E. #Daraa countryside after Assad’s forces fled their positions yesterday. Main CP btwn Kahil-Jizah (Military Security)? pic.twitter.com/258Szm85vY
— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) June 28, 2020
Armed fighters already destroyed pro-government banners in the area and are now seeting up their own checkpoints there. Earlier, at least 2 Syrian soldiers were killed in clashes with the reconciled militants.
Saida in Darra after reconciled from 5th Corpus caputered it.Still no Word from SAA.Clearly Russians again dont allowe any acction pic.twitter.com/NMqVl4Vd1J
— ZOKA (@200_zoka) June 29, 2020
The current situation in Daraa province signs the existing difficulties in the ongoing reconciliation process in southern Syria. Some former members of militant groups still remain committed to the radical ideology and hard-core anti-government views. At the same time, they continue to demand protection and resources for their areas in the frramework of the reconciliation. Nonetheless, actions like those in Kahil Jizah undermine the peace process and set conditions for a new round of violence there. If leaders of the local groups do not understand this, they will have to learn a hard lesson when the Syrian military will resume large-scale operations there.
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