Rebels resume peace talks with Russians under Jordanian mediation

04 July, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • UN Warns of Humanitarian Catastrophe if Fighting Escalates in Daraa, Syria

Syrian troops have seized a swathe of rebel territory northeast of Deraa city.

With Russia's help, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army has battered Daraa province for over a week with air strikes, rocket fire and crude barrel bombs.

Claiming that 55 rebel-held villages in Daraa have so far fallen to the Syrian army, Asfari added that the government forces would arrive "in few hours to the Nasib border crossing with Jordan".

The strategic southwestern corner of Syria had been under a so-called de-escalation agreement reached between Russian Federation, the United States and Jordan in July of a year ago, but the truce has unraveled in recent weeks.

Throssell said several government checkpoints in parts of Daraa reportedly are extorting hundreds of dollars from civilians to allow them to pass.

More and more Israeli forces surge into the occupied Golan Heights these days, reinforcements dispatched with an eye toward fighting in the war across the frontier in neighboring Syria.

"They offered one option, to accept their humiliating demand to surrender, which was rejected", Ibrahim Jabawi, spokesman for the Free Syrian Army.

Jordanian government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat said Amman is communicating with most of the parties to the Syrian crisis, mainly Russian Federation and the USA, in an attempt to reach a cease-fire.

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The opposition's chief negotiator in wider U.N. peace talks, Nasr al-Hariri, last week accused the United States of complicity in Assad's southwest offensive, saying American silence could only be explained by "a malicious deal".

Opposition negotiators and a spokesman said a six-member civilian and military committee of the southern rebels held a preliminary meeting along the administrative borders of neighbouring Sweida province.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein warned of a humanitarian "catastrophe" Friday in the southwestern Syrian city of Daraa if the fighting continues to escalate between Russian-backed Syrian forces and armed rebels.

This video here was shared by a local activist group from Daraa.

The Syrian government pressed ahead with its offensive to reclaim the strategic region that extends along the border with Jordan and the Golan Heights, and which was until recently part of a US -backed and negotiated truce.

The regime has chipped away at rebel-held territory in Daraa since the escalation began nearly two weeks ago. About 100 civilians have been killed in the area since fighting began on June 19.

The chief Syrian opposition negotiator Nasr Al Hariri has decried "US silence" over the offensive and said only a "malicious deal" could explain the lack of a USA response.

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