Preliminary Agreement To Restore Calm to the Sayyida Zainab Area

Civil unrest in the southern suburb of Damascus has been brought to an end, writes Sowt Al-Asima.

The security situation has stabilized in the Sayyida Zainab area, south of the capital, Damascus, and calm has returned to the area after clashes between the Fourth Division and Military Security and Iranian and Shiite militias.

Private sources told Sowt al-Asima that the return of calm to the area came against the background of a preliminary agreement between the Fourth Division and the militia leaders in Sayyida Zainab, during which the two parties agreed to calm the situation until the end of the Hajj (Pilgrimage) season.

The sources added that the agreement stipulated the reopening of the main road leading to the Palais des Congrès, which was closed during the clashes that took place in the area a few days ago.

According to the sources, the regime intelligence imposed a severe security check on all passers-by, including the military and civilians, during which it prevented anyone from entering the area without obtaining a prior permit.

Clashes took place between the Iranian and Shiite militias on the one hand, and the Fourth Division on the other hand at the beginning of this month on the western outskirts of the Sayyida Zainab area, on the side of Hujairah and al-Buwayda, after a conflict between them at the end of last month.

The Fourth Division lost nine of its fighters during the ongoing clashes.

At the end of last March, the Syrian regime sent military reinforcements to its forces stationed in Sayyida Zainab, which included dozens of elements equipped with light and medium weapons, and some vehicles and armored vehicles. This came against the background of escalating security tension between the Fourth Division groups and the Shiite and Iranian militia elements stationed in the area.

 

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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