Syrian rebels and Russian Federation ceasefire deal breaks down
Syrian rebels and Russian Federation ceasefire deal breaks down
Syria: United Nations says number of displaced in south-west has reached 270,000
07 July, 2018, 01:44
Intensive air strikes targeting the towns of Sayda and Tafas in the countryside of Dara'a were reported following the failure of negotiations between rebels and the Russian side, according to Sky News Arabia.
Around 164,000 of the displaced people are now close to the Golan heights - an area of Syria now occupied by Israel - while 60,000 are close to the Jordanian border.
"Israel has been helping Syrian refugees in the Golan [Heights] area", Lesch says.
At the meetings with Russian Federation, rebel negotiators sought a deal for all of Daraa province to come back under government sovereignty, but without the army or police entering the area, an insurgent spokesman said.
Syrian rebel negotiators began a new round of talks with Russian officers on Tuesday over a peace deal in southern Syria under which they would hand over weapons and allow Russian military police to enter rebel-held towns.
It was their last day to consider the terms, the spokesman for the rebels' southern operations said, before meeting the Russian delegation on Wednesday afternoon.
"I absolutely do not support reconciliation because the Iranian and Russian militias will come in, wanting to slaughter us all", he said of the regime allies.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday there were "divisions among rebel groups" over whether to agree to the terms proposed by Russian Federation.
Some displaced families whose hometowns had fallen back under regime control have been returning, but even that journey is risky.
That brought the number of civilians killed since the offensive began to more than 140, including children.
For Jordan, which borders southwest Syria, the offensive has seen some 160,000 displaced citizens flock to its border.
Safadi said Amman keeps open channels with Damascus and Moscow and that his talks with Lavrov will focus on reaching a cease-fire and halting the displacement.
Residents and displaced Daraa natives gathered in front of United Nations offices in a rebel-held town in Quneitra province to protest global inaction.
More than a quarter of a million people have fled their homes because of President Bashar Al Assad's onslaught of south-western Syria in the past fortnight, the United Nations said on Monday, prompting calls by Jordan for a ceasefire.
Safadi called for a ceasefire in the south, saying the developing situation was of "great importance" to Jordan.
"Hundreds of thousands" of people fleeing the violence have converged on the Jordan-Syria border, Throssell said, going on to urge countries of the region to open their borders to refugees.
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