Ceasefire reached in Dera last month has been extended by two weeks

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The Assad regime, which announced in July 2018 to have seized the province of Dera in the south of the country following the consensus reached with the former opposition under Russia’s mediation, has not honored the agreement that he signed and concluded. new demands from the population of the region and since June 25 has been blocking the Dera el-Beled district in the city center.

Eymen Ebu Nokta, spokesperson for the Horan Freedoms community, founded by activists and journalists from Dera, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the ceasefire in Dera el-Beled has been extended by two weeks and that an agreement was reached for a new roadmap as a result of the meeting of the Deralı Central Committee with the delegation of the Assad regime with the mediation of Russia.

Ebu Nokta said there will be new rounds of talks and negotiations between the parties, and a committee will be formed to monitor violations during the ceasefire process.

Expressing that the ceasefire came into effect today, Ebu Nokta said the Russian military would patrol around Dera province.

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On June 25, the Assad regime and its supporter Russia called on residents of the Dera el-Beled neighborhood and the opposition to return all small arms to their possession and allow homes to be searched.

The Reconciliation Center (Deralı Central Committee) and the notables of the people of the region opposed the request on the grounds that it violated the agreement reached with the Assad regime in July 2018, under the mediation of Russia, deliver only heavy weapons.

Thereupon, Assad regime forces began to blockade approximately 40,000 civilians living in Dera el-Beled on June 25. On July 26, an agreement was reached between the delegation of Assad regime forces and the Reconciliation Center in Dera, that residents of the Dera el-Beled neighborhood and the military opposition there should surrender all their efforts. small arms, allow houses to be searched and the blockade lifted.

However, tension spread to rural areas in eastern and western Dara’a when the Assad regime launched a ground operation on the morning of July 29 to strengthen its dominance in the neighborhood by breaking out of the city. the agreement.

Following the clashes between the parties, the local armed opposition in Dera seized many checkpoints belonging to regime forces and captured some elements of the regime.

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After negotiations between the delegation of Assad regime forces and the Reconciliation Center in Dera, under Russian supervision, failed negotiations, regime forces targeted the neighborhood with regular mortar and tank fire. since July 29.

When the wave of the “Arab Spring” in the Middle East spread to Syria, the fuse of the popular uprising, which began on March 15, 2011, when a group of students wrote on the school wall : “O doctor (Bashar Assad) now it is your turn”, addressed to Bashar Assad, was the fuse of Dera’a. The city had fallen into the hands of the opposition over the years.

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