Iranian forces, Hezbollah prepare to leave southern Syria

Militants agree to surrender in Syria’s Quneitra

Israel warns Syrians approaching Golan frontier

A rebel official, Abu Shaima, said at least 500 fighters were going to get on around 15 buses and that his bus was already on the road north to opposition-held Idlib province.

The agreement also stated that Syrian army troops would not enter the city unless they were on their way to fight a nearby Islamic State pocket.

BEIRUT/AMMAN- President Bashar al-Assad is set to recover control of the Syrian frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in a major victory over rebels who have agreed to surrender terms, sources on both sides said on Thursday. After years of ruinous civil war, Iran and its proxy militias, including the Lebanese Hezbollah, have built up a formidable presence stretching from the Iraqi border through central Syria to Lebanon", and that "President Bashar Assad, with military and political assistance from Iran and Russian Federation, has recaptured 60 percent of the country, putting an end to any serious talk of regime change.

HTS jihadists are not included in a ceasefire between regime and rebels in Daraa announced earlier this month, which has allowed the regime to retake control of more than 90 percent of the province.

The shelling also targeted various rebel-held villages in Quneitra province located only a few kilometres from the Israel border where tens of thousands of people had taken shelter from the offensive.

Separately, some 7,000 civilians were expected to be evacuated from two pro-government villages in northwestern Syria as part of a negotiated deal with insurgents who have besieged them for three years. The country's majority Sunni population has been pushed out of the cities and, disproportionately, into camps and exile, while minorities have moved closer to the centers of government control.

Quneitra is a thin, crescent-shaped province that lies along the buffer zone with the Israel-occupied Golan to the west.

Citing a Russian diplomat, the report said that Israel and Syria have agreed to return to the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement drawn up in the wake of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Many of those trapped by the Syrian government's advances were hoping for relief from Israel, or some sort of a safe zone there, said Areej Ghabash, a local health worker in Quneitra.

The weekend's violence came after months of near-weekly border demonstrations organized by Hamas aimed in part at protesting the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza.

Late Sunday, suspected Israeli missiles hit a military position in Syria's northern Aleppo province where the Observatory says elite Iranian forces are stationed. The purported deal would see Russian Federation restrict Iran's presence in Syria-or even evict Iran from Syria-to forestall an Israeli-Iranian war that Moscow surely does not want.

As such, his remarks seemingly provide at least partial confirmation of a flood of rumors from the Israeli and USA press that Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have offered a deal to Putin, and that the United States itself expressed interest in it. Israel did not issue any comments on the incident.

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