For 2nd day, Jordan sends aid to Syrians at its shut border

For 2nd day, Jordan sends aid to Syrians at its shut border

For 2nd day, Jordan sends aid to Syrians at its shut border

The current pro-government push to retake southwestern Syria is the largest assault on opposition-held territory there since a de-escalation deal brokered by the United States, Russia and Jordan came into effect in July 2017. Washington warned it would respond to violations of this agreement, but has done nothing so far. "I remind all parties to the conflict that worldwide law requires that they do their utmost to protect civilians, and call upon them to provide safe passage to those wishing to flee, while those wishing to stay must be protected at all times", the High Commissioner said. So far, the US has remained silent in the face of a breach, and rebels are accusing them of making a "malicious deal" to remain silent.

Speaking by telephone from Jordan Jabawi said that the meetings with the Russians took place in an area near where the provinces of Daraa and Sweida meet.

The Israeli military said an increased number of Syrian civilians had been spotted in refugee camps on the Syrian side of the Golan over the past few days and it had sent aid supplies to four locations "to Syrians fleeing hostilities". "Jordan has reached its capacity in receiving refugees", Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told the pan-Arab broadcaster al-Jazeera late on Thursday.

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

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.

"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.

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Almost 100 civilians have been killed since the assault began on June 19 with airstrikes, rocket fire and crude barrel bombs.

Many of those displaced by the fighting in Deraa and Quneitra provinces have headed towards the borders with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The leadership of the IDF, the Israel defense forces, has chose to reinforce the troops additional tanks and artillery in the Golan heights on the border with Syria. However, it refuses to allow in more Syrians after already hosting more than a million of their compatriots since the Syrian civil war began in 2011.

Until Assad's offensive began this month, its front lines had been mostly stable.

"At least eight towns in the northern and eastern Daraa countryside agreed to "reconciliation" deals after talks in each town between Russian generals as well as local notables and remaining rebels", Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Negotiations between the Syrian opposition groups and Russian Federation on Saturday could not end with a peace deal in the southern Daraa province.

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