Ahrar Al-Sham Terrorists Surrender to Syrian Army in Zabadani
Some 4 Ahrar al-Sham militants laid down arms and surrendered to the Syrian authorities in Zabadani on Saturday, military sources told FNA on Saturday.
The terrorists’ surrender came after ceasefire negotiations between the militants and the Syrian government in Zabadani failed.
In mid-August, Mohammad Abolqasem, representative of militant groups in the ceasefire negotiations with the Syrian army in Zabadani, blamed the Ahrar al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group for the failure of ceasefire talks in the Southwestern Syrian city.
“The negotiations were about the safe pullout of the militants from Zabadani in the Western countryside of Damascus in lieu of transfer of civilians from the towns of Kafraya and Fuaa in Idlib to Damascus countryside,” Abolqasem told FNA.
The development came after President Bashar al-Assad in a televised address in July pardoned all soldiers who have fled the army, saying that his words served as a general decree to relevant officials.
Assad said even those who have fought the Syrian army will be pardoned. This was the third general amnesty declared by President Assad in the last four years.
On August 7, hundreds of foreign-backed militants surrendered to the government troops in Al-Qalamoun region in Damascus countryside, Syria’s National Reconciliation Committee announced.
Earlier today, the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement purged further regions of Takfiri terrorists around the city of Zabadani in Damascus province.
The army units and Hezbollah fighters purged terrorists from Al al-Beit mosque and al-Azimeh Street and the surrounding buildings.
The Syrian military sources said that the militants who are besieged in Zabadani, especially Ahrar al-Sham terrorists, are in a very bad situation.
On Wednesday, the Syrian Army and the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement took back Syria’s border town of Zabadani from the terrorists.
The border city was purged of the terrorists Wednesday midnight after two months of intense clashes, FNA dispatches said.
Hezbollah and the Syrian army gained full victory after the remaining gangs of Ahrar al-Sham and al-Nusra Front terrorists were forced to withdraw from the Southern parts of Zabadani towards al-Mazaya region.
Although the Syrian army and Hezbollah have not yet officially confirmed the freedom of Zabadani, their forces are now fully cleansing the region and disposing the bombs planted in the houses and streets.
Zabadani was freed after a ceasefire plan went into effect three times and the two sides accepted to hold fire in the border region.
According to the ceasefire plan, the two sides would provide safe passage for enemy troops to withdraw from those regions. But the plan failed after one of the main militant groups violated the ceasefire terms; FNA reported.