Syrian rebels say army besieges their enclave in Deraa

By REUTERS
July 9, 2018 11:30
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AMMAN - The Syrian army and allied troops on Monday laid siege to the rebel-held enclave in the southern city of Deraa and their troops were poised to gain complete control of the city, rebels said.

Abu Shaima, a spokesman for the opposition in the city, said several thousand people were now encircled after the army pushed into a main base west of the city without a fight before a formal evacuation of rebels opposed to a Russian-brokered surrender deal.

A deal was reached on Friday between Russian officers and rebel representatives that surrendered Deraa city along with other towns in the southern province that borders Jordan in another victory for Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies.

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