Jordan seeks truce for south Syria after army gains

Israel, Jordan say they won't let refugees in amid worries of humanitarian catastrophe

Syrian rebels lose string of towns as 160,000 flee regime offensive

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are deployed in al-Ghariya al-Gharbiya in Deraa province, Syria in this handout released on June 30, 2018.

This photo provided by Nabaa Media, a Syrian opposition media outlet, shows smoke rising over buildings hit by a Syrian government forces bombardment in Daraa, southern Syria, on Thursday.

Russia's role: Since entering the war in 2015, Russian Federation has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful backer, often targeting rebels across the country with scorched-earth bombing campaigns that have killed thousands of civilians and sparked global condemnation.

The refugees began streaming to the border last week when the Syrian regime and its Russian allies began indiscriminate aerial assaults on their homes, which are situated in some of the last rebel-held territory. "It's inadmissible", said a negotiator in the rebel-held part of Daraa city.

Jordan on Sunday mediated a new round of talks between rebels and Assad's main ally Russian Federation, seeking a wider truce in the area to avert more bloodshed and another wave of displaced people near its border.

"The IDF will continue its non-intervention policy in the Syrian conflict, while reacting firmly to cases in which Israeli sovereignty or civilians are threatened", the IDF said on Twitter on Sunday.

Tens of thousands of the more than 160,000 civilians who have been displaced, according to United Nations figures, have given up on entering Jordan and have instead headed westwards to the Israeli border.

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"The secretary general recalls that the south-west area of Syria is part of a de-escalation agreement agreed between Jordan, Russia and the United States".

Syria's southwest is strategically sensitive because of its proximity to the frontiers with both Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

It has carried out occasional airstrikes on suspected weapons shipments to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is fighting alongside Syrian government forces, and has responded to occasional spillover fire.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein warned that many civilians risk being trapped between government forces, rebels, and ISIS, which has a small foothold there - an outcome he said would be a "catastrophe".

Israel has been providing aid to southwestern Syria since 2013, including treating chronically ill children who have no access to hospitals, facilitating the construction of clinics in Syria, and supplying hundreds of tons of food, medicine, and clothing to war-ravaged villages across the border.

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

Syria's southern border is a prized region for almost all stakeholders in Syria's war due to its strategic geographical position bordering both Jordan and the Israel, while also lying in close proximity to Damascus.

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