Over 270,000 displaced by south Syria violence, UN says
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 07, 2018,
Jul 07, 2018, 1:42
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi will travel to Moscow on Tuesday to meet with Russia's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov over the crisis, the latest human exodus caused by the more than seven year war.
"Russia has also repeatedly noted the need to remove all unilateral sanctions imposed by the Western countries against the Syrian Arab Republic, sanctions that prevent from ensuring normal economic, infrastructure conditions for return of refugees", the top Russian diplomat added.
People gather while trucks loaded with humanitarian supplies to be delivered for displaced Syrians, wait at the Jordan's city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria.
The government's offensive in southwest Syria followed similar pushes elsewhere in the country in recent months, where it has managed to retake swathes of territory from rebel groups.
Israel's military said it deployed additional tank and artillery forces on the Syrian front on Sunday as a precaution given intensified fighting over the border between the Syrian army and rebels.
"Negotiations with the Russian enemy in Busra al-Sham have failed, after they insisted on the surrender of heavy weapons", the opposition's Central Operations Room in the South said in a tweet.
Around 164,000 of the displaced people are now close to the Golan heights - an area of Syria now occupied by Israel - while 60,000 are close to the Jordanian border.
"Time to discuss possible steps to improve it", the Swedish U.N. mission posted on Twitter.
The source had said before Wednesday's meeting that the rebels were expected to give their "final answer".
Previously they were negotiating for Deraa province to the east.
The Observatory, meanwhile, said calm prevails Daraa province except for artillery shelling that is targeting the town of Tafas, where the militants pledged alliance with the Islamic State (IS) group.
The new team will seek to overcome opposition rifts over the Russian demands, after some negotiators said they wanted to continue the fighting and accused some rebel commanders of treason by cutting separate deals with the Russian military.
Although Washington warned it would respond to violations of the agreement, it has done nothing so far and rebels have said the United States told them to expect no American military help.
Rebels would hand over heavy weapons but would keep the rest until a "real political process" had begun.
Many Syrians who rose against President Bashar al Assad's rule will find it hard to accept state authority after years of war and would always have fear of retribution.