Russia will guarantee return of displaced Syrians in south – rebel sources

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AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian civilians who fled a government offensive in southwestern Syria will be able to return to their homes with Russian guarantees of protection as part of a deal brokered by Russia on Friday, rebel sources said.

Russian guarantees will also be extended to rebel fighters who wish to “settle their status” with President Bashar al-Assad’s government – a process by which former insurgents accept to live under state rule again, the sources said.

Reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky