Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

United Nations calls for armed groups to leave Golan 'area of separation'

The bombardment of Daraa province he bombardment has forced more than 66,000 to flee their homes according to the UN The bombardment of Daraa province he bombardment has forced more than 66,000 to flee their homes according to the UN More
Jay Anderson | 04 July, 2018, 01:50

The fighting centered on the southern city of Daara where Syrian troops pounded rebel positions.

Southwestern Syria is one of two remaining rebel strongholds, along with a region of the northwest that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has sworn to recapture.

Russia is seeking the rebel handover of heavy and medium-sized weapons, and the deployment of Russian military police and Syrian police into towns retaken by government forces, he said.

The southwest region of Syria that is now being fought over is part a "de-escalation" zone agreed to by Russian Federation, the United States, and Jordan previous year. "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.

Thousands of displaced Syrians live in tent camps near the border with Israel, with many hundred pouring in in recent days following fighting in Syria's seven-year civil war in which approximately 500,000 people have died.

Busra Al-Sham was captured by the rebels of the Free Syrian Army's Southern Front Brigades and Jabhat Al-Nusra in March of 2015.

This video here was shared by a local activist group from Daraa. 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.




The civilian delegation abandoned the negotiations "in light of the lack of clarity in the discussions and the Russians' insistence on imposing their conditions", the statement, authored by delegation leader Adnan Musalma, read.

The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will have a detailed discussion about Syria when they meet in July.

Jordan has delivered aid for the second day running to displaced Syrians at its border in a unilateral compromise as Amman keeps a key crossing sealed.

At least five at people were killed in regime bombardment of Deraa on Saturday, the Observatory said, taking the civilian death toll in the province to 105, including 19 children, since June 19.

The assault has so far targeted Deraa, not rebel-held parts of nearby Quneitra province at the Golan which are more sensitive to Israel.

Opposition negotiators said they would only accept a deal that made Jordan a guarantor for the safety of Deraa province's 800,000 civilians and added that continued air strikes during the talks undermined trust in the process.

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