US Promises "Firm" Measures if Damascus Breaks Ceasefire in Daraa
The region of Daraa is enjoying a ceasefire negotiated after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in July 2017. The region, known as the “cradle of the revolution” during the Arab Spring in 2011, is now mostly controlled by numerous anti-government organizations.
The US State Department issued a statement late Friday saying it was “concerned” by leaflets, which were reportedly dropped by government aircraft in the province of Daraa. According to reports circulating among pro-opposition monitors, the leaflets called on the militants to stop fighting and reconcile with the Syrian government, otherwise they would allegedly “gamble their lives” and head to “inevitable death.”
“We also caution the Syrian regime against any actions that risk broadening the conflict or jeopardize the ceasefire,” said spokeswoman Heather Nauert, noting that the ceasefire had been reaffirmed by Washington and Moscow last November. “As a guarantor of this de-escalation area with Russia and Jordan, the United States will take firm and appropriate measures” she added.
Earlier this week, a spokesman for the General Command of the Syrian Army announced the complete liberation of Damascus after Daesh terrorists were ousted from their remaining strongholds in the al-Yarmouk Camp district of Syria’s capital.
The Daraa province, where the first anti-government riots started in 2011, is now only partly controlled by Damascus, while many armed factions and terrorist organizations, including Daesh, are present in the region.