By Leith Fadel
January 3, 2017
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:25 P.M.) - The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is now in control of almost all of the Damascus-Golan Heights border after the rebels agreed to surrender 3 villages in the western countryside of Damascus.
According to a military source in Damascus, the villages of Beit Sabr, Kafr Hawr, and Beit Timah were surrendered by the rebel forces to the government in exchange for safe passage to the Idlib Governorate.
Militants and their families have already begun packing the buses inside the village of Sa'sa, as they prepare for the long journey from rural Damascus to the Idlib Governorate in northern Syria.
The villages of Kanakir, Beit Jinn, and Zakiyah are all that remain under the control of the rebel forces along the Damascus-Golan Heights border - the militants are currently negotiating the surrender of these areas as well.
With the rebels surrendering almost all of the Damascus-Golan Heights border, the Syrian Arab Army's 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division will now shift their attention to the areas where there is a large presence of jihadists in the Al-Quneitra Governorate.