News ID: 217519
Published: 0210 GMT June 30, 2018

Syrian forces advance against terrorists in Dara'a; Israel raises alert in Golan

Syrian forces advance against terrorists in Dara'a; Israel raises alert in Golan
A member of the Syrian army holds the national flag as another one gestures in Al-Ghariya al-Gharbiya in Dara’a Province, Syria, in this handout photo released on June 30, 2018 by Syria's official SANA news agency.
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The Syrian Army managed to wrest control over several towns and villages in the strategic southern Dara'a Province, leading Israel to raise its alert level in the bordering Golan Heights.

Syria's official SANA news agency reported on Friday that the army had retaken Al-Herak, Rakham, Al-Soura, Alma, Al-Mliha al-Sharqia and Al-Mliha al-Gharbia in Dara'a countryside, killing scores of Takfiri terrorists, Press TV reported.

The Syrian military’s engineering units later started to dismantle mines and improvised explosive devices planted by the terrorists before they fled to neighboring areas, the report said.

A Syrian field commander told SANA that the army would continue its operations in Dara'a until the eradication of terrorism.

Separately, SANA reported that foreign-backed terrorists in the villages of Um Walad, Jbib and Al-Aslaha in Dara'a's eastern countryside had agreed to lay down arms and reconcile with the Syrian government.

A Syrian military commander, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, stressed that the army's gains had left the anti-Damascus terrorists with "no choice" but to surrender.

"The terrorist groups are heading towards settlement and reconciliation," he added.

Moreover, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed that as many as eight towns were in reconciliation negotiations.

"There are talks between the Russians on one side and opposition factions on the other, through local mediators, over the fate of eight towns in Dara'a's countryside," the UK-based monitoring group said.

The SOHR head, Rami Abdel-Rahman, said Russia's military police were leading the discussions for each town separately. "Most of them appear willing to reconcile" with the Syrian government and hand over their heavy weapons, he said.

The recapture of Dara'a is highly important because it borders the occupied Golan Heights which Israel has used to treat wounded terrorists for years.

The territory's return to the Syrian government control would cut the much-reported collaboration between Israel and terrorists and deal a blow to Tel Aviv's plans to annex the Golan Heights.

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and has continued to occupy two-thirds of the strategically-important territory ever since, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.

The Tel Aviv regime has built tens of illegal settlements in the area since its occupation and has used the region as a launch pad for conducting airstrikes against Syrian military positions.

The Israeli military raised its alert level in the Golan Heights on Friday as the Syrian Army edged closer to the occupied region.

 

UN resolution

 

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2426 (2018), which called on armed groups to leave the Golan buffer zone.

“There should be no military forces in the area of separation other than those of UNDOF,” read the resolution, referring to the UN Disengagement Observer Force, a peacekeeping mission that patrols Golan.

It further condemned “the continued fighting" in Golan buffer zone and urged all parties to the Syrian conflict "to cease military actions in the UNDOF area of operations” and "fully respect the terms of the 1974 Disengagement of Forces Agreement”.

 

   
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Resource: Press TV
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