- (FNA)- Reports from Western Damascus said on Thursday that tens of militants are fleeing the battlefield after facing the Syrian army’s tightened noose on Khan al-Sheih in Western Ghouta of Damascus and the failure of peace talks in the region.
A number of terrorists could pass through the Syrian army’s advanced traps in Khan al-Sheih farms but others didn’t accept to fill their place for the fear of the army’s attacks.
After the liberation of Albuyizeh village and its surrounding farms in recent days, the army seized control of al-Darousheh road to Deir al-Khabiyeh, air-defense housing complex, Ale Taqi Mosque, and Khirbet al-Abbasiyeh region and tightened siege on the militants in the region.
After several days of pause in operations to liberate Khan al-Sheih town to hold negotiations with the terrorists to leave the region, the army restarted its attacks and advanced in the area.
Meantime, the Syrian troops, supported by the missile and artillery units as well as helicopters, could advance in al-Abbasiyeh farms.
Sources affiliated to the terrorists also reported that after the failure of the first round of peace talks in Khan al-Sheih and the Syrian air force’s resumed airstrikes which killed and wounded several terrorists, including their high-ranking commanders, a new round of talks has kicked off between the Syrian government and militants’ representatives in Khan al-Sheih to transfer the terrorists to Idlib.
According to the sources, the two sides are at odds over certain paragraphs of a peace agreement, including delivering the militants’ heavy and semi-heavy weapons to the Syrian army.
Reports said on Sunday that top commanders of Fatah al-Sham Front (formerly al-Nusra Front) as well as a number of their counterparts in other terrorist groups that are deployed in Idlib voiced opposition to the transfer of the militants, who agreed on Saturday to leave their positions in Southwestern Damascus to relocate to Idlib.
“While the representatives of Damascus and militant groups are working jointly on relocating those militants, who have agreed to leave their positions in the regions of Khan al-Sheih, al-Zakiyeh, Moqilibiyeh, al-Tibeh, al-Hosseiniyeh and al-Keswat al-Sharghiyeh farms, the leaders of Fatah al-Sham have rejected militants’ request to be transferred to Idlib,” media sources said.
“In the meantime, the Syrian government has voiced opposition to the relocation of militants of Khan al-Sheih and its surroundings in the provinces of Dara’a or Quneitra,” the sources added.
“The terrorists in Western Ghouta have been in close contact with al-Mouk Operation Room in Jordan,” the sources said.
“The Fatah al-Sham central command has accused militants in Khan al-Sheih of betrayal in their battle against the government forces in Darayya, saying negligence of these militants gave the upper hand to the Syrian army in the region,” the sources added.
Based on the peace agreement with government, militants in Khan al-Sheih were to hand over their heavy weapons, equipment and the map of landmine-planted areas to the Syrian army and in return the army would allow them to leave the region for Idlib carrying only their light firearms.