Jordan army begins delivering aid to Syrians stranded near border

04 July, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Bert Pena
  • The UN has estimated that 50,000 people have fled the embattled areas in southern Syria in recent days

However, the collapse of talks between rebels and Russian Federation for a deal to place the entire province under state control has dashed hopes for a quick end to the fighting.

The government offensive that began June 19 has killed scores of people, wounded hundreds of others and forced more than 50,000 to flee to areas close to the borders with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The U.N. refugee agency said the number of displaced people in southern Syria had more than tripled to 160,000 in the latest fighting.

Syrians run for their lives from continued battles, air-strikes on Daraa. We will extend humanitarian assistance to the extent of our abilities.

The entire southwest is part of a "de-escalation zone" agreed a year ago by Russian Federation, the United States and Jordan.

The source did not elaborate further on the reports.

"To add to the bleak situation facing civilians, there are also reports that ISIL fighters in control of the Yarmouk Basin area in the western part of Daraa Governorate are not allowing civilians to leave areas under their control", he said.

Liz Throssell, the high commissioner's spokeswoman, told VOA the developments are cause for great concern.

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said warplanes pummeled rebel-held areas with as many as 240 raids, with crude barrel bombs dropped throughout the day.

Regime forces have retaken large parts of the country lost to rebels since Russian Federation intervened on its behalf in 2015.

Syrian state television broadcast scenes of people in the town of Dael in Deraa province celebrating its return to government control.

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But rebel participation in negotiations across Daraa province has proved divisive for southwestern Syria's opposition factions, many of whom are split between negotiating a political settlement and continuing to fight.

But Russian negotiators had still not arrived several hours after another meeting was due to begin on Saturday, Jabawi said. "The front in Deraa city is steadfast".

"The terrorist groups are heading toward settlement and reconciliation", the commander said.

Jordan reiterated its position that newly displaced Syrians must be helped inside Syria. Jordan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi explained Thursday that "Jordan already has 1.3 million Syrians". Both Israel and Jordan said they will not allow refugees to enter their countries, local media reported.

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