Syrian army suspended combat operations in southern Syria

Vastavam web: The Syrian army said on Monday it would suspend combat operations in southern Syria until Thursday to help a new round of peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana.”This ceasefire is an attempt by the Russians and the regime to bring back the opposition to Astana and give them assurances on the ground they will stop the shelling on condition they attend,” said Sohaib Alraheel, spokesman of Liwa al Fuqan, a faction of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) operating in southwest Syria.

A spokesman for the Southern Front, a coalition of Western-backed FSA rebel groups, cast doubt on whether the Syrian government army and its Iranian-backed allies would halt attacks on the front lines in Deraa and in Quneitra province. The latest announcement for the first time extends the ceasefire to the whole of southern Syria, including the southwestern Quneitra province near the border with Israel and Sweida province in the southeast.The United States and Russia have quietly held talks on creating a “de-escalation zone” in southern Syria, Western diplomats and regional officials said in early June.