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.
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.
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.
Syrian opposition fighters and their relatives are vacating southern Daraa, the first city to revolt against Bashar al Assad's rule seven years ago and plunge the country into its calamitous civil war.
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