BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:27 A.M.) – A temporary ceasefire has been agreed upon between the Syrian Army and rebels in Daraa city that is to start on Saturday at 12:00 P.M. According to Al-Masdar News sources, the ceasefire will be implemented for 48 hours with the possibility of an extension if both the Syrian government and rebel leadership agree to it.
A meeting is yet to be held between Syrian Army mediators and rebel representatives to draw up a proper format for the ceasefire and its terms. So far what is known is that draft terms for the ceasefire call for an end to artillery shelling by both pro-government and militant factions and for an end to airstrikes carried out by pro-government warplanes; in addition to this, both sides are required to stop sending reinforcements towards Daraa city.
This development comes as the Jordan and Syrian governments have been in talks to reopen the Nasib border crossing directly south of Daraa city. With the realization of this bilateral proposition, Jordan could force rebels to retreat from the area south of Daraa city and/ or entice them to reconcile with the Syrian government.