Syria’s Deraa: Regime raises flag in cradle of protest movement

Capture of province’s capital is a symbolic victory for the Bashar al-Assad regime in the more-than-seven-year war that has seen rebels lose most of their territory.

Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have raised the national flag over Deraa province’s capital, which has been held by rebels for years. It is a highly symbolic moment in the more-than-seven-year Syrian war.

Major protests against President Bashar al-Assad first erupted in Deraa in 2011 and were widely seen as heralding the start of the conflict.

Al Jazeera’s Zeina Zhodr reports from Beirut.

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