Militants in southern Damascus are planning to surrender at least four towns to the Syrian government in the coming days, as a new reconciliation agreement is currently being discussed.
According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent in Damascus, if the jihadists accept to the terms of this agreement, they will surrender the towns of Beit Sahm, Babila, Yalda, and Aqraba in exchange for free passage to Idlib province in northern Syria.
All of the aforementioned towns are currently under a reconciliation agreement reached in 2015; however, kidnappings and sporadic clashes have plagued this deal recently, leaving the government no choice but to demand the armed groups leave the area.
The militants have reportedly accepted the first part of the agreement which will have them surrender the four towns to the Syrian government, but they have not agreed to be transferred to the Idlib province.
In the past, the Syrian government has run into issues with these agreements because the militants in Damascus often ask to be transferred to the Dara’a Governorate
According to Al-Masdar News, a military source said that the Syrian government will only accept the transfer of militants to the Idlib province, so there will be no leeway.