Syrian rebels quit Daraa, cradle of 2011 uprising
Fighters will have the option of accepting an offer of amnesty or leaving Daraa with their families to other rebel-held parts of the country.
On Thursday, Syrian state vehicles, accompanied by ally Russia, were seen entering Daraa to raise the national flag over the city.
According to Reuters, cranes from the state-run Daraa city council raised the flag near the mosque where large protests first swept through the city in March 2011 and heralded the start of the war.
Under various ceasefire deals, rebels hand over heavy weapons, local police take control of the area and state institutions resume working there.
World powers have criticised the operation for violating a ceasefire announced last year by Washington, Amman and Moscow, but that has not halted the blitz.
Regime forces set their sights on the southern provinces of Daraa and Quneitra after scoring a number of military wins in recent months, including recapturing Damascus and its surrounding areas in May for the first time since the war's outbreak.
According to independent monitors, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed in the seven-year civil war, mostly by the regime and its powerful allies, and millions have been displaced both inside and outside of Syria.
The brutal tactics pursued mainly by the regime, which have included the use of chemical weapons, sieges, mass executions and torture against civilians have led to war crimes investigations.
Agencies contributed to this report.
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