Syrian State Flag To Be Raised In Birthplace Of 2011 Uprising Residents Say


AMMAN – Vehicles belonging to the Syrian state, accompanied by Russian military police, entered part of Deraa on Thursday to raise the national flag over the city, birthplace of the revolt that spawned the seven-year civil war.

In an event that marks another big victory for President Bashar al-Assad, cranes from the state-run Deraa municipal council erected a flagpole near the mosque where the eruption of large protests in March 2011 heralded the start of the conflict.

In the seven years since, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than half of the country’s population has been driven from their homes.

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