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Syrian forces enter war-torn Daraa, opposition alleges rights abuses

The Syrian government and rebel groups recently reached a cease-fire deal in the southern city that played a large role in the 2011 uprising.
A picture shows Russian troops in the Syrian district of Daraa al-Balad in Syria's southern province of Daraa, on Sept. 1, 2021.

Syrian government forces entered Daraa al-Balad on Wednesday as per an agreement with rebel groups in the southern Syrian city. Though there is a cease-fire, one opposition group recently alleged mistreatment at the hands of the government.

Syrian Arab Army units went into Daraa al-Balad to set up checkpoints and begin searching for weapons used by “terrorists,” the official SANA news outlet reported. The handover of weapons, as well as the “settling the status” of rebel fighters, began on Monday, according to the outlet.

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