1200 civilians leave rebel-held town in southern Syria to begin work in gornmentental Organizations

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Earlier today, some 1200 civilians from the rebel-held town of Ibta requested to leave the Daraa governorate in a deal that has them return to government-held areas further north. Also, a few dozen fighters of the Free Syrian Army have been granted amnesty by the Syrian Government as part of the deal; in return, they have given up their weapons and signed agreements which imply they halt all hostilities with government soldiers. The pictures below are merely hours old and show aforementioned events that were coordinated by the National Reconciliation agency of the Syrian Government: According to the deal, these civilians will primarily be employed in different non-military departments of the Syrian Government such as schools, hospitals and courts while others are now to seek jobs in the private sector. Formerly, the majority of the civilians worked and lived in Sanamayn city – however, they since fled due to a government crackdown which had rebel fighters expelled from the northern parts of Daraa governorate. Nevertheless, the town of Ibta still remains under the control of various Islamist rebel groups. But this town – together with Dael city – might very will witness a government offensive in the near future due to their location along the strategic M4 highway from Damascus to Daraa city. Not long ago, the Syrian Arab Army captured the nearby city of Sheikh Meskin and captured two key districts inside the provincial capital of Daraa. The deal is part of a strategy by the Syrian Government which intends to win the hearts and minds of Sunni civilians in southern Syria. Furthermore, if the Syrian Arab Army captures Dael and Ibta, their forces will be able to reopen the M4-road which will thus serve as a supply route from the Syrian capital to the government-held suburbs of Daraa city.


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