National flag hoisted in city for first time in years after rebels agree surrender deal

Forces loyal to the regime of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, have entered rebel-controlled parts of Daraa, the birthplace of protests that led to the country’s civil and proxy war, in a symbolic victory that illustrates the turning tides of the conflict.

Syrian state media said Assad’s forces hoisted their flag for the first time in years in the rebel-controlled parts of the city after a surrender deal was agreed with local rebels, which included a planned handover of weapons and the exile of opposition fighters and activists.

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