South Syrian rebels surrender

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has secured a major victory with south Syrian rebels agreeing to a ceasefire set up by Russia, surrendering the province of Deraa to the government.

The victory means that the Syrian government has regained control of the Nassib border crossing, an important part of the border with Jordan.

The rebels have agreed to surrender all their heavy and medium weapons stored in the towns and cities across the territory as part of the deal.

The Russian government has guaranteed the safety of returning civilians, with around 320,000 people displaced from the province due to the war.

With Russian help, Mr Assad is slowly regaining control of Syria, with the majority of the country now back under his control, though there are still holdouts in the east and most of the north.

Mr Assad is expected to target the Quneitra province, going after rebel-held areas along the frontier with the Israeli-held Golan Heights.



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