Syrian Army Controls Nuaima Town, Continues anti-terror Operation in Daraa Countryside

Syrian Army Controls Nuaima Town, Continues anti-terror Operation in Daraa Countryside

Syrian Army Controls Nuaima Town, Continues anti-terror Operation in Daraa Countryside

Jordan has played a leading role behind the scenes in persuading Free Syrian Army rebels, whom it and Western powers have long supported, to reach a deal with Russian Federation that could spare southern Syria more bloodshed and destruction.

"More than 320,000 people are now displaced and most are living in dire and insecure conditions, including some 60,000 people camped at the Nasib/Jaber border crossing with Jordan", UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi said, in a statement.

The rebels in southern Syria once received significant backing and support from the US that has and all but dried up over the past few years.

Nabaa Media, an opposition activist collective, said the latest government assault on the area killed several people in the previous 24 hours including a woman and her four children in a rebel-held village in Daraa.

It means a ceasefire has come into force, presaging disarmament of militants in the region and an eventual return of Syrian state institutions to the area.

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According to the United Kingdom -based Syrian Network for Human Rights, at least 214 civilians - including women and children - were killed in regime attacks in Daraa in the period from June 15 to June 30.

Opposition sources told dpa that the deal would allow civilians to return to their villages and towns, with Moscow securing their safety and protection.

Rebels in east Deraa have agreed to give up arms in a Russian-brokered ceasefire deal, handing another victory to President Bashar al-Assad's state and its allies.

The victory further cements a Russian-engineered turnaround for Assad, which has handed him back control over what the French once called "La Syrie utile"-the string of major cities running from Aleppo down past Damascus and the country's Mediterranean coastline".

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors activity in the seven-year Syrian civil war, confirmed that Syrian forces had taken the border crossing.

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Since they have been there for a short time only, the rebels' flags have not been erased or removed yet, but the soldiers raised Syrian flags over some parts of the crossing on top of the rebels' one.

As Assad seeks victory, there seems little hope of a negotiated peace, with six million Syrian refugees overseas and 6.5 million more internally displaced.

Assad's next target in the southwest appears to be rebel-held areas of Quneitra province at the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where fighting between insurgents and the government escalated on Friday.

He added that the Jordanians are working on resuming the talks between rebels and the Russians in southwestern Syria.

An opposition commander with Jaish al-Janoub told Syria Direct on Monday that rebel fighters were still "stationed on the frontlines" with pro-government forces, but were not sure what would happen next.

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Rebel sources said Russian Federation would guarantee the safe return of civilians who fled the government offensive in the biggest exodus of the war, with 320,000 people uprooted.

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