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Assad's indiscriminate shelling on Daraa could be halted by truce

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According to SCD, Assad terrorists dropped more than 594 barrel bombs, launched 577 surface-to-surface FIL missiles on Daraa
According to SCD, Assad terrorists dropped more than 594 barrel bombs, launched 577 surface-to-surface FIL missiles on Daraa

Orient Net, 17 June 2017 -- A “temporary truce” in Daraa province will be implemented after almost two weeks of indiscriminate shelling by Assad terrorists and Iranian-led militants on the liberated areas in the province, military sources told Orient Net on Saturday (June 17).

The sources confirmed that the international operations room sent a letter to the opposition fighters of the area stating that an "undeclared truce" in the province of Daraa will begin at 12 noon on Saturday.

The sources pointed out that the truce in Daraa includes the cessation of airstrikes, barrel bombs, artillery and missile launching and all forms of military operations, in addition to the prevention of Assad regime from bringing additional military reinforcements into the province.

The truce will continue for 48 hours and could be extended if all parties commit to the deal.

However, the command centre – known as "the operations room," is a well-run operation staffed by high-ranking military officials from 14 countries, including the US, European nations and Arabian Gulf states – demanded the southern opposition fighters to cut the road on any party which tries to breach the truce.

Since the beginning of June, the liberated areas of Daraa and its countryside have witnessed intense air and artillery bombardment by Assad regime terrorists using high-explosive missiles, barrel bombs, naval mines and napalm bombs, especially in the neighborhoods of Daraa al-Balad.

In addition, Iran deployed huge military reinforcements to Daraa and its countryside – consisting of Lebanese, Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani militias – in conjunction with the recruitment of Maher al-Assad's "fourth division" militants to control the city of Daraa and separate its eastern countryside from its western one.

The Assad-Iranian bombing campaign has caused extensive destruction to the infrastructure, residential buildings and civilian facilities, in addition to the killing and wounding of dozens of civilians, despite the fact that Daraa province is one of the four areas covered by the "de-escalation zones" agreement.

 

84 civilians killed since June 13

 

The rescue volunteer group Syria Civil Defense (SCD) – also known as the White Helmets – has said that as many as 84 civilian, including 13 children, and 4 women were killed during the last military campaign launched by Assad terrorists on Daraa since June 13.

The group said that 83 civilians were injured, including 5 from its staff.

According to SCD, Assad terrorists dropped more than 594 barrel bombs, launched 577 surface-to-surface FIL missiles on Daraa, in addition to carrying out 179 airstrikes, including 83 using the internationally prohibited incendiary napalm.

Rescue volunteers’ groups were targeted 5 times, SCD added.

In the aftermath of the military campaign, the local council of Daraa announced last Tuesday that the opposition-controlled neighborhoods were "devastated areas" and urged humanitarian and international organizations and countries to help the people in this province.

To protest Assad terrorists' relentless bombardment on the southern Syrian city, social media activists launched on Monday (June 12) the hashtag #Act4Daraa.

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