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Reconciliation Center: Situation in Syrian Southern De-Escalation Zone Worsening

© REUTERS / Alaa al-FaqirMen walk over rubble of damaged buildings in the province of Daraa, Syria July 11, 2017
Men walk over rubble of damaged buildings in the province of Daraa, Syria July 11, 2017 - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation warned on Wednesday of the deterioration of the situation in the Southern zone of de-escalation due to actions by militants from illegal armed groups.

"Despite the efforts of the Center for Reconciliation, the humanitarian situation in the Southern de-escalation zone is deteriorating due to actions by militants. The facts of forcible recruitment of local residents into the ranks of illegal armed groups are registered," commander of the center, Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov, said at a daily briefing.

Syrian government supporters wave Syrian, Iranian and Russian flags as they chant slogans against U.S. President Trump during demonstrations following a wave of U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, April 14, 2018 - Sputnik International
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Earlier this month, Syrian president Bashar Assad said in an interview that the scenario for the liberation of the south of Syria had not yet been determined, and that it could be either a peaceful solution or a forceful one, noting that there were no obvious results of the peaceful approach "because of Israeli and US pressure on terrorists in that region."

Previous month, local media reported that Syrian government forces have been redeploying Syrian army units from Damascus and other parts of Syria to the southern front. US State Department made a statement later that it would give a decisive response to a possible Syrian army's offensive in southwestern de-escalation zone.

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