Rebels in Southern Syria Reach Deal to End Violence

28,000 Syrian refugees are are on route back to their homes in southern Syria, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday.

Syrian government forces, backed by Russian Federation, deployed at the Nassib crossing a day earlier, seizing a vital trade route that insurgents held for three years.

Russia's U.N. ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters his country had "issues" over the mass displacement figures released by the United Nations.

The military's next target in the southern offensive appears to be the parts of nearby Quneitra province in rebel hands at the Golan frontier.

Moscow has been brokering talks with rebel towns for negotiated surrenders in a carrot-and-stick strategy that it and the regime have used to retake other territory, including the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus earlier this year.

The negotiating sides are also in disagreement over the issue of the rebels handing over their heavy weapons with Russian Federation insisting that they give up the entirety of their arsenal in one go and rebels wanting to do so in several phases.

On Thursday, Russian planes hit areas close to the Jordanian border.

Weakened by a crushing government offensive backed by Russian Federation and abandoned by their USA allies, rebels in southern Syria found themselves compelled to accept yet another humiliating surrender deal that would see opposition fighters transported by buses to areas held by rebels in the country's north.

"Jordan's efforts succeeded in convincing the negotiating parties to meet again".

He said the conflict left many residents of Daraa with no option but to seek shelter in neighbouring Jordan.


Dozens of Syrian soldiers, as well as Russian military police and armored vehicles with the Russian flag, patrolled the crossing during a media tour. This would split the territory in two.

Hours later, state news agency SANA said troops captured Um al-Mayadeen after a battle with opposition fighters.

Government advances in Deraa since mid June had brought large parts of the province back under state control.

Syrian opposition activists reported intense shelling and airstrikes on the rebel-held village of Um al-Mayadeen, few kilometres (miles) north of the Naseeb border crossing.

They had congregated in a zone near the Nassib-Jaber crossing.

Israel is warning the Syrian government against a military deployment in the Golan Heights.

The UN, meanwhile, has called on Jordan to open its border to displaced Syrians - a request that Amman has so far refused.

Footage posted on social media of women and children pleading with King Abdullah to let them in has generated a wave of sympathy in Jordan with the plight of the newly displaced Syrians.

The de-escalation zone in the southwest was agreed by Russia, Jordan and the USA in June 2017.

"The talks will resume, but they are waiting to see whether the meeting will be in the Nasib border crossing or in Busra al-Sham, the same place as last time", Hussein Abazeed, spokesman for the rebels' southern operations, said.


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