Jordan army begins delivering aid to Syrians stranded near border

The UN has estimated that 50,000 people have fled the embattled areas in southern Syria in recent days

The UN has estimated that 50,000 people have fled the embattled areas in southern Syria in recent days

Syrian and Russian warplanes have pummeled rebel-held southwestern Syria with hundreds of airstrikes since June 15 as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and pro-Assad Iranian militias captured major swathes of Daraa province.

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 worldwide condemnation.

Air raids continued in the meantime, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in an offensive that the United Nations says has driven 160,000 people from their homes, threatening a humanitarian catastrophe.

They also still hold most of the border areas with the Israeli occupied Golan Heights and Jordan.

However, the collapse of talks between rebels and Russian Federation for a deal to place the entire province under state control has dashed hopes for a quick end to the fighting. The Russians were not ready to listen to our demands.

In light of ongoing developments across the border in Syria, the Israeli military has bolstered its presence on the Golan Heights, with the deployment of armor and artillery reinforcements.


The campaign has shattered a "de-escalation" deal negotiated by the United States, Russia and Jordan that had mostly contained fighting in the southwest since a year ago.

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he is in constant contact with Moscow and Washington regarding the events in Syria, according to Prime Minister's office.

State television broadcast live images from Dael of residents holding up posters of President Bashar al-Assad in front of the camera, and chanting slogans in support of the army.

They had come under regime control "after fighters handed over their weapons to the army in preparation for settling their status" with the regime, SANA said. Russian military forces entered several villages and towns in the south of the country.

"Over 150,000 people have fled to the plains near the Jordanian border due to intense strikes by the Syrian regime and its allies on cities and towns in Daraa's countryside", White Helmets spokesman Amer Abu Zaid told Anadolu Agency.

One strike killed at least 10 people, including five children, in the town of al-Sahwa, east of Daraa, it said, raising to 126 the number of civilians killed in the offensive since fighting escalated on June 19.

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