Turkey ‘concerned’ over regime attacks on besieged Daraa

Turkey on Sept. 8 expressed “concern” over the latest reports of Assad regime forces escalating attacks on the Daraa al-Balad neighborhood in southwestern Syria.

“We are closely monitoring the developments in Daraa with concern,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiç said in a written statement.

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Syria has been ravaged by civil war since early 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.

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Thousands of citizens return to their homes in Daraa al-Balad

In implementation of the settlement agreement initiated by the State to consolidate security and stability in Daraa al-Balad neighborhood, thousands of citizens began to return to their houses after the Syrian Arab Army fixed some points in the area and the engineering units continued acts of dismantling mines.

Units of the Army established control over Daraa al-Balad on Wednesday in light of a settlement agreement.

SANA’s [Syrian Arab News Agency‘s] reporter said that thousands of citizens began to enter the neighborhood, returning to their houses from the al-Saraya side.

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From Turkey’s Anadolu news agency:

Russian, Assad regime forces kill 61 civilians in 3 months: NGO

Russian and Bashar-al Assad regime forces in Syria killed 61 civilians, including 33 children and 12 women, over the past three months, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said on Thursday.