Syrian forces advance fast on rebels in south

Cheryl Sanders
July 19, 2018

A Russian soldier on his armoured vehicle watches Syrian rebels during evacuation from Daraa city, on July 15, 2018, as Syrian regime heavily bombed the neighbouring province of Quneitra making a ground advance in the zone. The war's been raging for almost seven years, killing an estimated 500,000 people. Over the last years Operation Good Neighbor has aided Syrians near the border, including treating thousands of wounded; however, a large scale humanitarian crises on the Golan is beyond what NGOs and aid organizations in Israel appear ready to handle.

Syrian government forces say they have retaken a town that was the epicenter of the civil war that engulfed the country and the region for more than seven years.

In the west of the adjacent province of Daraa, Russian air raids killed one civilian near the village of Al Aliya, it said.

Israel first started developing closer relations in 2015, when Russian Federation sent troops to Syria, prompting questions in Washington, D.C., about "why Netanyahu was "cozying up" to Putin at a time when Russian Federation was killing Syrian civilians and engaging in aggression against Ukraine".

Amman/Beirut: Syrian government forces widened their offensive in the country's southwest on Sunday to Quneitra province, a region adjoining the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a war monitor and rebel sources said.

Israel captured much of the Golan in 1967 fighting with Syria and annexed the strategic plateau, a move not recognised overseas.

Their terms also typically include the mass transfer of thousands of rebels and civilians to opposition-held Idlib, in what rights groups and activists say may amount to forced displacement. Sixteen trucks carrying 3,000 food parcels reached the towns of Nassib and Um Al Mayathen in Deraa province near a border crossing with Jordan on Sunday, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) statement said.

Within weeks, the Damascus-led campaign recaptured nearly the entirety of the province as rebel forces there either retreated or surrendered through reconciliation deals with the government. Jordan said it will not take in new refugees and Israeli soldiers have shooed away dozens of protesters who had approached the frontier Tuesday, demanding protection.

But Syrian state media denied any casualties and said Israel had launched the raids to try to help beleaguered rebels in the south.

Numerous displaced are sheltering within the disengagement zone, which is monitored by a United Nations force.

Putin also stressed that Iranian troops are not present in the de-escalation zone in southern Syria, noting that the presence of Iranian advisers in Syria came upon a request of the Syrian government.

Moscow has helped the regime secure these negotiated surrenders in several key areas, including second city Aleppo in 2016 and the rebel bastion of eastern Ghouta outside Damascus in April.

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