Smoke rises from buildings in a rebel-held neighbourhood of Daraa in southern Syria following reported shelling by the regime on May 22, 2018. / AFP / Mohamad ABAZEED
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Syrian aircraft Friday dropped leaflets on the southern province of Daraa, urging the rebels who control most of it to lay down their weapons or face an offensive.Syrian regime and allied forces on Monday retook the Yarmouk area in southern Damascus, giving President Bashar Assad full control of the capital and its surroundings for the first time since 2012 .Abdel Raman said the planned Syria offensive so far only included regular Syrian forces, supported by the Russian military but not by Iranian forces nor the Tehran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militia.Government and allied forces control about 30 percent of Daraa, the rest of which is held by various factions, including a small contingent of fighters from Daesh (ISIS).
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