Fighting in southern Syria displaces 270000 people

Fighting in southern Syria displaces 270000 people

Fighting in southern Syria displaces 270000 people

Bombing by the Syrian government, backed by Russian Federation, has broken a months-long ceasefire in rebel-held areas of southwest Syria and displaced residents are becoming stranded in ad-hoc camps near the borders.

Rebels in southern Syria were divided on Monday over whether to accept deals offered by Russian Federation that would see regime forces retake control of opposition towns.

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.

Also, the rebels will hoist the Syrian government flag over the government buildings as a prelude to having the government institutions back to operate in the rebel-held areas in Daraa.

Rebels met Russian negotiators on Saturday to seek peace terms for Daraa province, where most of their southwest territory is located but said these failed.

"Negotiations with the Russian enemy in Busra al-Sham have failed, after they insisted on the surrender of heavy weapons", the command said in an online statement.

"This round of negotiations didn't produce any results".

Another rebel spokesman, Ibrahim al-Jabawi, said the talks did not reach any conclusion.

A source close to the talks said the meeting would take place at 4 p.m. local time (1300 GMT). It added that two weeks of fighting have killed 123 civilians.

But Moscow roundly rejected the terms, the source said, and responded with a counter-proposal.

In the last few days, the NGO has gone public following reports that the IDF carried out a mission last Thursday night - with the group's help - to deliver massive amounts of humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces in southwestern Syria. Displaced families could return with guarantees by Russian military police.

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The state media said the military operations are going in tandem with the reconciliation efforts, which explains the situation where several towns accepted the entry of the Syrian army without battles.

And regime forces would take over the Nasib border crossing with Jordan as well as deploy along the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Through military operations and those deals, Syrian troops are now in control of more than 60 percent of the southern province of Daraa.

The violence has displaced between 270,000 and 330,000 people, according to the United Nations, many south to the border with Jordan or west near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

As the humanitarian situation at the border worsens, some Jordanians have called on the government to let Syrians into the country, with the hashtag "open the borders" trending on Twitter and users pledging to "share our bread" with those seeking safety.

Yesterday, Human Rights Watch demanded both Jordan and Israel allow asylum seekers in.

A week ago the global organisation said that 160,000 people had been displaced.

Some displaced families whose hometowns had fallen back under regime control have been returning, but even that journey is unsafe.

For Jordan, which borders southwest Syria, the offensive has seen some 160,000 displaced citizens flock to its border.

Sweden, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency, requested the closed-door meeting along with Kuwait.

The Syrian army is fighting the rebels, including the Islamic State (IS) and the Nusra Front, in the countryside of Daraa, as well as the in the countryside of the nearby province of Sweida and the Quneitra province near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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