Informed sources said that forces affiliated with Iran have withdrawn from some areas of Daraa in southern Syria and moved toward regime military sectors in the province’s most northern point and to the capital Damascus.
In detailed statements, the sources said that part of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia withdrew from districts of Daraa city and the towns of Atman and Khirbet Ghazala, which neighbor the international highway that connects the Syrian capital Damascus with the Jordanian capital Amman.
Over the past three days, three military convoys of militias linked to Iran have left these areas. The most recent of them included buses and 4×4 cars, some equipped with machine guns and rocket launchers, which coincided with reconnaissance planes flying above the area.
The forces withdrew from Daraa city and some of the surrounding towns using the international highway toward the city of al-Sanamayn in northern Daraa. They gathered together with the Ninth Division and in some military barracks around the city, to be distributed in positions in the province’s far north and to the southwest of Damascus.
Assad regime forces are taking the place of the withdrawing militia members, especially in points of contact with rebel groups in the Sajna and al-Menshiyeh districts of Daraa city.
In a large number of locations in the Daraa and Quneitra provinces in southern Syria, a number of foreign militias backed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard have deployed, most prominently Hezbollah, the Fatimioun and Faylaq al-Quds.
Recently, Israeli aircraft and artillery have repeatedly targeted a number of Iranian bases and positions in Syria, especially in the southern portion of the country.
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