BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have reportedly agreed to open crossings for civilians to move freely through the Euphrates River Valley, a military source told Al-Masdar News.
According to the military source, the SDF and SAA held talks in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, where they both agreed that there was a need to open civilian crossings between their territories.
The source added that one of the first crossings will be opened near the strategic city of Al-Mayadeen, which is controlled by the Syrian Arab Army and located along the western bank of the Euphrates River in the Deir Ezzor Governorate.
This is an important move in eastern Syria, as the restoration of these lands after the defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS) is paramount to both the Syrian government and Kurdish-led PYD.
Furthermore, opening civilian crossings between their territories is an important step towards future reconciliation between the government and PYD in eastern and northern Syria.
The Syrian Army and Syrian Democratic Forces have clashed in eastern Syria before, but since the defeat of the Islamic State, both entities have avoided any conflicts and focused on clearing terrorist sleeper cells and restoring destroyed areas.