On July 1, the Syrian state TV reported that ten villages in the eastern Daraa countryside may sign a reconciliation agreement with the Damascus government in the upcoming hours. Reportedly, these villages are Tisiyah, Maaraba, al-Samaqiyat, Smad, Samj, Abu Khatula, Elemtaih, al- Taebah, al-Nada and Jamrin.
Few hours earlier, Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters in the town of Bosra al-Harir in the eastern Daraa countryside began handing over their weapons and military equipment to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
Syrian opposition activists said that the US-backed Shabab al-Sunnah was the first FSA group to accept a reconciliation agreement. Over the last month, the group, which is led by Ahmad al-Awdah, has released dozens of threats and vowed to fight until death in the southern governorate of Daraa.
Once these ten villages join the reconciliation process, more than 50% of the eastern Daraa countryside will be under the control of the SAA and its allies. This will allow the SAA to boost its offensive on the southern part of the city of Daraa.