“I’m not afraid anymore” Syrians tell how the arrival of Russians has changed their life


August 7, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

Sputnik France, translated by Tom Winter –

The white-on-orange French headline is translated in our Fort Russ headline, above.

“The fighting has stopped  for several weeks. The people are gradually returning to a peaceful life. We know that Russian soldiers are here and it is very important for everyone”: Syrians tell what has changed in their lives since the establishment of the de-escalation zone in the province of Deraa.

Since the de-escalation zone was set up in Deraa province in July, the inhabitants have gotten back to their daily routine, thanks to the Russian military personnel who are responsible for their safety.

Thus, Russian soldiers deployed at the checkpoint in Deraa check out about 1,000 vehicles and 1,500 people a day.

“We search cars to check that nobody is carrying ammunition or weapons. We communicate well with everyone, and the Syrians are well-disposed toward us,” said Artour Kartoev, a Russian military police officer.
He also said that the number of vehicles passing through the checkpoint is increasing every day because the Syrians felt more reassured and less afraid of shelling by the terrorists.

The local population understands the need for security checks and regular inspections and is very grateful to the Russian military for this restored peace.

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“I commute several times a day. I’m not scared anymore. No problem getting to work or going to the store. My neighbors and acquaintances are very happy. The fighting has stopped for several weeks. People are gradually returning to a peaceful life. We know that Russian soldiers are here and this is very important for us all, “said Halid Arifaj, a driver living in Deraa.

Following the meeting of the Russian and US Presidents in early July in Hamburg, it was reported that Moscow, Washington, and Amman had agreed to set up a de-escalation zone in the south of Syria starting July 9. This area includes the provinces of Deraa, Quneitra and Soueïda.

Later on, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday (July 22nd) that a similar agreement had been reached on securing the eastern Ghouta near Damascus in Syria.

The “boundaries” of the area to be secured were defined as “places of deployment of forces to enforce a ceasefire,” the ministry said. Agreements on “routes for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the population and for the freedom of movement of residents” have also been concluded.

On Monday, 24 July, the General Staff of the Russian Army announced that it had deployed two checkpoints and four observation posts in the area.

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