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Al-Nusra Tries to Sabotage Peace Agreement between Militants, Syrian Army in Southwestern Damascus

2 January 2018 15:58

Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) are derailing an agreement for the relocation of gunmen from Beit Jinn region in Southwestern Damascus, an Arab media outlet reported on Tuesday.

The Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted well-informed sources as saying that the Al-Nusra has turned its back on the agreement and does not intend to deliver some of its positions to the army men.

The daily further said that the terrorists are still in control of al-Taloul al-Ahmar (the red hills) and Sheikh Abdullah Maqam region that overlooks Beit Jin Farm, adding that the terrorists’ refusal to leave the positions is sabotaging the agreement.

The paper added that based on the agreement the terrorists should retreat from al-Taloul al-Ahmar- that consists of three hills – overlooking the town of Hadhar.

Al-Waten said further that according to the agreement the terrorists should withdraw from Sheikh Abdullah Maqam and hand over the Red Hill and later the last group of militants that had not joined the peace agreement could be evacuated from the region to other militant-held regions.

An Arab media outlet reported on Monday that over 200 gunmen of Al-Nusra Front were evacuated from Southwestern Damascus and moved towards militant-held regions in Idlib and Dara’a provinces in an agreement with the Syrian Army troops,

The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen reported that 205 of Al-Nusra gunmen left Beit Jinn region in Southwestern Damascus for Dara’a and Idlib provinces after the Syrian Army advances in the region.

Al-Mayadeen further said that withdrawal of terrorists from the region pushed into failure an Israeli plan to create a buffer zone to prevent the return of the Syrian Army troops to the occupied Golan Heights’ borderline.

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