Jordan army begins delivering aid to Syrians stranded near border


Syrian rebels and local officials pursued talks with regime ally Russian Federation on Sunday over the fate of a key southern region facing a government offensive, a Britain-based monitor said.

Since June 19, Russia-backed regime forces have ramped up bombardment against opposition fighters in southern Syria as Damascus pushes to retake the area. The deal being discussed does not include Quneitra, the rebels said.

"We help them this way better than opening the border because our country can not endure (more refugees) and the global community failed us" said Kamal al-Sirhan, an area resident who drummed up support from locals.

Regime and Russian strikes on other parts of Daraa on Saturday killed at least five civilians, the Observatory said.

Dozens of displaced Syrians staged a protest near the Golan region on Friday, holding up signs reading, "We need protection" and "Not opening the border is a crime against humanity".

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

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The report added that the Jordanian government is now mediating the talks between the Russian reconciliation delegation and Syrian opposition. The source did not elaborate.

Jordan, concerned about the outbreak of violence and mass displacement along its northern border, has been facilitating talks between FSA factions and the Russians over a deal that would end the fighting.

On Sunday, rebels in the major town of Bosra al-Sham reportedly agreed to lay down their arms and accept President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called on all sides in the conflict to end the escalating violence in Daraa and avoid a repetition "of the bloodshed and suffering seen earlier this year" in eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus.

In another development, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the head of UN Human Right Commission, has on Friday, warned of a looming "catastrophe" in southern Syria as it raised the number of people fleeing a fierce government offensive to 160,000.

Ibrahim Jabawi, spokesman for the Syrian opposition, said that a deal could not be reached.

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The war has been going Mr Assad's way since Russian Federation intervened on his side in 2015, when he held just a fraction of the country. Today he commands the single largest part of Syria, though much of the north and east is outside his control.

But just under half of Daraa province - including part of the provincial capital of the same name - still remains in the hands of rebels.

The Free Syrian Army is now holding peace talks with the Russian military in the southeastern Daraa town of Busra Al-Sham. Numerous opposition areas that have been taken by state forces in recent days were taken as a result of local groups negotiating their own deals with the state with no involvement from rebel forces. "There was a collapse in the eastern front yesterday", he added.

Observatory Director Rami Abdulrahman, speaking by phone, said some people had also fled to government territory, while others crossed to a corner of southwest Syria held by an Islamic State-affiliated group. "This is in line with Jordan's stance to help our Syrian brothers", Jumana Ghunaimat told the state news agency. Jordan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi explained Thursday that "Jordan already has 1.3 million Syrians". While in Israel said that they did not intend to intervene in the events in Syria.

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