Dozens of Syrians approach Israeli frontier as Assad assault closes in


At least 14 people, including five children and some women, were killed when Syrian government forces dropped a barrel bomb on the village of Ain al-Tineh 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the Golan frontier, according to UOSSM, a medical aid charity that operates in the area.

The Damascus regime has been pounding Quneitra since Sunday in a bid to retake the southwestern province from rebels, after winning back most of the neighbouring governorate of Daraa in less than a month.

Large numbers of Syrian civilians have approached the Israeli border fence, seeking sanctuary from a Russian-backed al-Assad regime offensive.

The station said the evacuation of almost 1,000 people will likely be completed by Sunday.

They usually follow ferocious military campaigns and sometimes stifling sieges that effectively force rebels to surrender.

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Separately, buses began evacuating fighters and civilians from two besieged pro-regime towns in northwestern Syria early on Thursday morning, under a deal that will allow thousands to leave after three years of encirclement. Sixteen trucks carrying 3,000 food parcels reached the towns of Nassib and Um Al Mayathen in Deraa province near a border crossing with Jordan on Sunday, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) statement said.

Syrian regime forces backed by Russian Federation made sweeping advances on Monday against rebels holding out in the country's vital southern zone.

Ahmad Masalmeh, a media activist formerly based in the southern city, says fighters have the option of accepting an offer of amnesty from the government, or leaving Daraa with their families to other rebel-held parts of the country. Thomas said Israel is now the "last lifeline of Syrians suffering", in a video posted online Saturday.

The United Nations said last week that over 230,000 people have been displaced since June 17 in southwestern Syria, which borders Jordan and the Golan Heights.

Regime troops made another "quick advance" against rebels on Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor which relies on a network of sources inside the country.

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Representatives of the rebels in Quneitra deny that the Syrian army took the village, saying that the fighting continued.

The Assad regime is expected to establish control over southern Syria in the coming days as it seeks a military victory over rebels in a seven-year civil war that was sparked by protesters demonstrating against the government torture of civilians in southern Syria.

Assad has regained much of the territory he initially lost to opposition groups, now comfortably holding more than 60 percent of Syria.

Bolton, however, told ABC News on Sunday that the USA was not going anywhere as long as Iran remained in Syria.

Russian Federation is supporting Assad's forces in its military campaigns around Syria.

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State news agency SANA also reported that buses and ambulances had entered the towns under the deal.