Syrian rebels in south agree to resume talks with Russian Federation

Syrian rebels in south agree to resume talks with Russian Federation

Syrian rebels in south agree to resume talks with Russian Federation

Upon reaching the Nasib border crossing between Syria and Jordan, the rebels' red-white-black flag with three red stars in the middle used to seen painted on every roadblock and nearly all walls.

Syrian army troops came close to the Jordanian border on Thursday as the opposition and Russian Federation agreed to resume suspended talks on a deal to end fighting that has sparked one of the fastest displacements in the course of the conflict.

Both Jordan and Israel had refused to let the refugees in, though they did allow aid to be delivered.

The offices of the Syrian border control and customs were largely damaged.

Worldwide monitors said that more than 320,000 people have fled the attacks and have been forced to sleep in open spaces or makeshift shelters near the border.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces have retaken control of the Nasib border crossing to Jordan, a valuable trade artery, SANA reported Friday.

The Syrian government forces and terrorist groups have reportedly reached a deal for ceasefire and handing over of weapons to the army.

He said the global community should support Jordan and warned that thousands of lives would be lost if urgent action was not taken.

The intense Syrian and allied Russian air strikes on Daraa and Quneitra provinces came to a halt as rebels made their announcement, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.

There was no immediate comment from Jordan on the Syrian forces' recapture of Naseeb crossing.

The talks this week focused on remaining rebel territory in Daraa province's western countryside and the southern half of the provincial capital.

Amman has played a leading role in getting Syrian rebels to agree to terms of surrender that include stationing of Russian military police in the south. Rebels hope the Russians will guarantee the safety of civilians from state retribution.

Rebel territory in the south was included in a ceasefire brokered a year ago by Russian Federation, the United States and Jordan, but that has done little to stem violence.

It caps a series of government victories nationwide since Russian Federation intervened in 2015 on Assad's side, including for the former rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus earlier this year.

"The solution is political and the protection of civilians, preventing their displacement and saving the (Syrian) brothers more suffering is everyone's responsibility", he wrote.

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.

For the anti-Assad rebels, losing the southwest will reduce their territory to a region of the northwest bordering Turkey and a patch of desert in the east where US forces are stationed near the border with Iraq and Jordan. The Norwegian Refugee Council has called this the largest displacement of Syria's seven-year war.

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