Rus­sia de­ploys forces to po­lice Syria safe zones

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Moscow, Rus­sia - Rus­sia has de­ployed mil­i­tary po­lice to mon­i­tor two safe zones be­ing es­tab­lished in Syria, the De­fence Min­istry in Moscow said on Mon­day.

Se­nior com­man­der Sergei Rud­skoi said Rus­sian forces had set up check­points and ob­ser­va­tion posts around a zone in the south-west and in an­other one cov­er­ing East­ern Ghouta, near Da­m­as­cus.

The two ar­eas are part of a broader Moscow-backed plan to cre­ate four ‘de-es­ca­la­tion zones’ in rebel-held parts of Syria.

The an­nounce­ment marks the first de­ploy­ment of for­eign troops to bol­ster the safe zones as Moscow seeks to pacify Syria af­ter its mil­i­tary in­ter­ven- tion swung the six year con­flict in favour of Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad.

Rud­skoi said Rus­sian per­son­nel on July 21 and 22 es­tab­lished two check­points and ten ob­ser­va­tion posts along the bound­aries di­vid­ing rebel forces and gov­ern­ment troops in the south­ern zone.

Ear­lier this month Rus­sia, the US and Jor­dan struck a deal to fix the bound­aries of this zone and im­pose a cease­fire in the area. Moscow has also in­formed Is­rael of its de­ploy­ment and that the near­est Rus­sian po­si­tion is 13km from the de­mar­ca­tion line be­tween Is­raeli and Syr­ian troops in the Golan Heights, Rud­skoi said.

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