BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The rebel forces in southern Damascus are on the verge of surrendering the final towns under their control after more than four years of war in this once densely populated area in the capital.
An officer from the Syrian Arab Army told Al-Masdar News today that the rebel leaders met with the government today in order to finalize a deal that would have the militants transferred to the Idlib Governorate in exchange for the surrender of four towns.
Among the four towns discussed between the rebel commanders and government officials are Aqraba, Beit Sahm, Babila, and Yalda.
These aforementioned towns were already under ceasefire agreements; however, the constant breach of this deal by the rebel forces has required the Syrian Arab Army to demand their surrender in order to halt operations in southern Damascus.
If the negotiations fail between the rebels and government, then the Syrian Arab Army will restart their military operations in southern Damascus until the militants agree to terms.
The only remaining parts of southern Damascus that will not be under the Syrian Arab Army’s control are the Tadamon, Yarmouk, Hajjar Al-Aswad, Al-‘Assali, Al-Madhniyah, and Al-Qadam.