On July 20, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) entered the villages of Ayn al-Tinah, Suysah, Qusaybah, Umm Batnah, Naba Alsakher, Muraba’at, Rasm al-Khawalid, al-Mutayhat, Mumtnah and al-Hajah in the southern governorate of al-Quneitra, according to Syrian pro-government sources.
A day earlier, the remaining fighters of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in al-Quneitra surrendered and accepted an evacuation agreement. The deployment of the SAA in these villages is a part of the agreement.
The Hezbollah media wing in Syria reported that more than 50 buses entered Umm Batnah in order to evacuate hundreds of militants and their families to the opposition-held areas in the northern governorate of Idlib.
Under the agreement the militants will hand over all of their weapons to the SAA. Furthermore, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) will be redeployed in two observation posts within the demilitarized zone in al-Quneitra.
Once the agreement is executed, the SAA and its allies will likely launch a lager offensive on the valley of al-Yarmouk, which is under the control of the ISIS-affiliated Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid Army.