Aid & Development

Thousands of Syrians continue to flee from Daraa clashes


Since the start of the military operations in Daraa, many have fled to the Jordanian border or to temporary camps in the Quneitra.

Thousands of people continue to flee clashes in western Daraa Province, located in southwestern Syria, as government forces look to recapture territory from the Opposition, as well as the ISIS affiliate Jaish Khaled Ibn al-Walid.

According to the UN, up to 200,000 people had been stuck on the border with Jordan in recent weeks, with thousands more pushed to the west of the province in Quneitra on the border with Israel as a result of the clashes. By some accounts, more than 270,000 people have been displaced due to the fighting.

Jordan and Israel have been reluctant to open their borders to those fleeing since the conflict erupted in mid-June citing potential security threats, instead deciding to provide aid to the displaced.

While fighting is ongoing in the west of the province, government forces have regained control of the entire eastern countryside as well as the border crossing points, most prominently in the town of Nassib, for the first time since 2015.

As a result of this and the inability of people to cross into Jordan, many Syrians have returned to their homes, although the region remains in a perpetual state of insecurity as the reconciliation agreements are implemented.

On Wednesday, the town of Inkhil appeared to be the first town in northwestern Daraa to have accepted a surrender agreement after militants belonging to Hayy’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) were forced to leave the town by the locals.

The current fighting in western Daraa is focused around the pocket controlled by Jaish Khaled Ibn al-Walid, an ISIS-affiliated group straddling territory on the border with the Golan Heights and Jordan, while negotiations are ongoing for the rebel-held part of Daraa City.

On Wednesday, the Syrian Army and Opposition conducted joint attacks against the group, marking a rare occurrence of government and opposition cooperation on the battlefield, targeting the town of Hayt. The Syrian Air Force also targeted Saham al-Joulan on Wednesday.

Image: Ala al-Faqir