Clashes are still ongoing in different parts of the southern Syrian governorate of Daraa despite reports of a ceasefire and ongoing talks between the authorities and former rebels.
The situation in the governorate blew up on July 29, when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a military operation against the remaining former rebels in the southern part of Daraa city, known as a Daraa al-Balad. The operation provoked former rebels in other parts of Daraa, who responded with a series of attacks on the army.
Former rebels captured around 30 posts, camps and checkpoints of the SAA in the eastern and western countryside of Daraa.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, eight Syrian service members and nine former rebels, including a notorious commander, were killed.
The London-based monitoring group also revealed that the number of soldiers and officers who were captured by former rebels is no more than 40. Pro-opposition activists in Daraa claimed that as many as 100 service members were captured.
Syrian authorities and the former rebels reportedly agreed on a temporary ceasefire on July 30. However, clashes are still ongoing in different parts of Daraa, mainly around Daraa al-Balad. No losses have been reported, so far.
A new round of Russian-sponsored talks will be held in the upcoming few hours. The chances of reaching a workable agreement remains minimum as local leaders are still unwilling to accept to the demands of Syrian authorities.
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