BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The rebel forces in the Daraa Governorate have agreed to surrender three major towns to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), field journalist Sohayb Masri reported this afternoon.
According to Masri, the towns of ‘Ibtaa, Tafas, and Da’el will be handed over to the Syrian Arab Army; however, they have yet to enter.
The villages of "Abtaa" "Tafas" "Da'al" in the countryside of Daraa surrendered to the Syrian Arab Army
— Sohayb Masri (@Sohayb_Masri1) June 29, 2018
All three of these towns are located north of the provincial capital and they all neighbor one another.
These three towns were previously under a ceasefire agreement; however, this deal would end after the Syrian Arab Army began their large-scale offensive in the province.
With these three towns under their future control, the Syrian Army will now have a gateway to the strategic west Daraa town of Nawa, which is situated near the Islamic State (ISIS) front-lines.
Nawa was the second most densely populated town in the Daraa Governorate; it was captured by the rebel forces during their large-scale offensive in 2014.