Human Rights Watch report shed light that Damascus operates a mafia-style intelligence state where returnees face brutality even after signing a “reconciliation” document.
The people of Daraa al Balad believe their perseverance and resistance is an impregnable fortress defending all the cities in the Hauran region, while the regime fears its replication elsewhere in Syria.
Daraa will terrify the regime every day. We will keep reminding them that we are the ones who set fire to this regime, and only we will extinguish it with freedom and dignity.
Despite the Syrian regime escalating tensions across Idlib and Daraa, experts do not expect a large-scale operation against opposition forces.
The agreement brokered by Russia requires the regime to lift the siege on Daraa’s Al Balad neighbourhood, which has been heavily bombarded by Assad forces in recent days in an attempt to seize control of it.
Russia has been mediating a new deal to end the recent fighting in Daraa under which opposition groups who reject the deal will have to leave the region.
More than 100 people have been killed by Syrian regime airstrikes in northwestern Syria since June, as increased violence in the country resulted in the largest displacement recorded since March 2020.
Bashar al Assad’s forces shelled the besieged neighbourhood after Daraa residents rejected the regime’s demands that they, along with armed opposition groups, surrender light weapons.
Regime forces carry out operation to consolidate dominance in southern Daraa, killing at least 15 civilians, but rebels fight back seizing many regime military checkpoints, sources say.
Ten years after the Syrian war was sparked in Daraa, locals in the town once again face a brutal siege - but this time with no backing from armed rebels.
Designed to grant security guarantees to individuals, reconciliation agreements have routinely failed to prevent the arrest, harassment, and detention of reconciled Syrians across the country.
From bloody repression of protests to several foreign interventions, here are key events in Syria's civil war since the March 2011 non-violent protests against Bashar al Assad's regime.
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