On July 21, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) entered the villages of Rasm Qutish, Rasm al-Zawiyah, Ayn Ziwan, Ayn al-Abd, Kwdanah and al-Asbah and the hills of Ahmar Gharbi and Ahmar Sharqi in the southern governorate of al-Quneitra, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
A day earlier, the SAA imposed its control of 28 villages and towns in al-Quneitra following an agreement with the remaining fighters of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) there. The agreement allows the radical fighters to withdraw towards the opposition-held areas in the northern governorate of Idlib.
In the first day of the evacuation process, hundreds of fighters and their families withdrew towards Idlib. Currently, a new batch of buses is entering the HTS-held areas in al-Quneitra to evacuate the remaining fighters.
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The evacuation process is expected to end within 48 hours. Following that, more than 80% of the separation line with Israel will be under the control of the Damascus government for the first time since 2012.