Units of the Syrian Army’s 11th Armoured Division have been delpoyed in the northern part of the Syrian-Lebanese border where they are set to replace Hezbollah fighters.
On June 5, the Hezbollah-linked al-Mayadeen TV channel also confirmed the deployment of the 11th Armoured Division in the area adding that Russian military police is withdrawing from there.
According to pro-government sources, Russian military police were deployed there earlier to monitor withdrawal of Hezbollah members and to prevent escalation between Israel and Syrian-Lebanese forces.
There are also unconfirmed reports that Hezbollah is reducing its presence in western Qalamoun area. Some experts link this development with the recent reports on negotiations over the situation in southern Syria.
Under a preliminary deal which was allegedly reached by the sides invovled in the conflict, Iranian and Iranian-backed forces are set to withdraw from the province of Daraa and nearby areas. In turn, the Syrian government will re-establish control of the borer with Jordan and contact line with Israel. The US-led coalition would also dismantle its base in At Tanf under the same deal.
However, the implementation of such a wide agreement still remains in question because all the sides – the US, Israel, Iran and Syria – would have to soften their public [not formal] attitude to employ this scenario.