Regime forces carry out operation to consolidate dominance in southern Daraa, killing at least 15 civilians, but rebels fight back seizing many regime military checkpoints, sources say.
Ten years after the Syrian war was sparked in Daraa, locals in the town once again face a brutal siege - but this time with no backing from armed rebels.
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The 10 buses said to be carrying 452 passengers to Syria's rebel-held territories in the northwestern Idlib and Aleppo provinces is the fourth convoy to have left Daraa since the southwestern province was overrun by regime forces in June.
More than 100 buses arrived on Wednesday to transport residents and fighters overnight from the villages to nearby government-held territory in Aleppo province.
Buses and ambulances entered the villages of Fuaa and Kafraya, under siege from insurgents in northwest Syria, on Wednesday as part of an agreement to evacuate residents, state TV says.
Five children and three women are among those killed on Quneitra's border with Daraa province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The war monitor says it's unclear whether the strikes were carried by the regime or its Russian ally.
Russian-backed regime forces advance against rebels in western Daraa, a war monitor says, even as regime forces claim to have retaken control of a strategic hill overlooking Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Syrian opposition fighters and their relatives are vacating southern Daraa, the first city to revolt against Bashar al Assad's rule seven years ago and plunge the country into its calamitous civil war.
AFP quoting regime media says rebels and opposition fighters in southern Daraa city surrendered and handed their heavy weapons to regime forces, under a deal brokered by Russia.
"The (regime) army and its militias have besieged Daraa completely," says opposition spokesman Abu Shaima, adding thousands of people have been encircled in a new regime push.
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