DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3: 20 P.M.) – More towns and villages in the southern countryside of Hama are engaging in reconciliation agreements with the Syrian government amid fears of massive ground invasion by the Syrian forces.
Talks to accept such agreements have been underway for a while with the mediation of Russian officers who pushed for negotiations with the Syrian government.
According to the agreement, residents of the reconciled towns must expel all militants before the Syrian Army enter and take over the area.
Yet, such deals – signed by towns’ elders as representatives of locals – have clearly enraged rebel groups fighting the Syrian Army in rebel-held pocket. Militants from the FSA-affiliated Jaysh al-Izza shelled with mortars a number of the recently-reconciled towns.
Local sources pointed out that several towns and villages rushed to conclude reconciliation agreements with the Syrian government to avoid a massive military operation intended to take place anytime soon after the evacuation of East Ghouta is entirely completed.