July 12, 2018 / 1:22 PM / a year ago

Russian military enters rebel-held enclave in Syria's Deraa city

AMMAN (Reuters) - A senior Russian military delegation entered the rebel-held area of the southern Syrian city of Deraa city on Thursday and began negotiations over its handover to state rule, rebel officials and a witness said.

Two armoured vehicles with senior Russian officers entered the area of al Shayah in the devastated old city and began talks with commanders from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on implementing the terms of a surrender deal reached last Friday that also includes evacuation of rebels and a weapons handover.

Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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