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Syrian Army units enter Dara’a al-Balad in bid to push terrorists out

Units of the Syrian Army raise Syria’s national flags in Dara’a al-Balad, the last stronghold of the militants in the war-torn country’s south, after they enter the area. (Photo by SANA)

Units of the Syrian Army have entered Dara’a al-Balad, the last stronghold of militants in the war-torn country’s south, and raised Syria’s national flags there, as a push to get rid of terrorist remnants proceeds successfully.

They entered Dara’a al-Balad neighborhood on Wednesday morning and began to set up army points in preparation for the purge of terrorist remnants, weapons, ammunition, explosive devices, tunnels, fortifications and dens, official news agency SANA reported.

The Syrian Army units also raised the national flag in the al-Arbaeen neighborhood, within the framework of a truce agreement proposed by the Syrian government last month.

Under the truce deal reached on August 14, the militants were obliged to hand over their weapons, and the government forces were due to set up checkpoints in nine districts of Dara’a al-Balad.

On Monday, Sputnik news agency quoted a Syrian military source as saying that 430 militants, who had violated the truce in Dara’a al-Balad neighborhood, accepted to regulate their status and handed over 105 pieces of weaponry at a reconciliation center in the area.

Back in 2018, Syrian Army troops managed to establish control over Dara’a province, which is bordered by Jordan to the south and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to the west.

The situation in the province significantly worsened in August, when terrorists killed four soldiers and wounded eight more as they attacked state institutions and the local army.

The establishment of full government control over Dara’a is highly important because it borders the occupied Golan Heights which Israel has used to treat wounded terrorists fighting against the Syrian government since 2011.

The territory’s return to Syria's government control could sever collaboration between Israel and the militants and accordingly deal a blow to Tel Aviv’s plans to annex the Golan Heights.

Since 2011, Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy, leading to the emergence of Daesh and other terrorist groups in the country.

The US has also been maintaining an illegal military presence on the Syrian soil, collaborating with militants against Syria’s legitimate government, stealing the country’s crude oil resources, bombing the positions of the Syrian army and anti-terror popular forces, and imposing crippling sanctions on Damascus.

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