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Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Syrian troops reach border crossing with Jordan

Syrian troops reach border crossing with Jordan

During the past 24 hours, Syrian Arab Army units have established control over the town of al-Nu'aima and the Radar Battalion.

On Thursday, regime forces made sweeping advances on the border with Jordan, seizing their first security post there in more than three years, the Britain-based Observatory said. The Syrian flag flew in the distance, along with what appeared to be a Russian flag.

A member of the Free Syrian Army in southern Syria, who requested anonymity, rejected accusations that rebels accepted "a surrenderist deal" worked out by the Russians, but stressed that the deal was to avoid more bloodshed and protect civilians.

On Friday morning, local media outlets reported that an unspecified number of Syrian warplanes had entered Jordanian airspace before conducting a raid on Jordan's northern city of Al-Tura.

"Here, too, if there is a violation, and certainly in the southern Syrian region which is close to the citizens of the State of Israel, and a bringing of weaponry that should not be there, Israel will take action", Erdan said.

The recapture of Naseeb in Daraa marks the return of Assad's forces to the province where the uprising against him began seven years ago, following successive military victories across most of the country with the help of powerful allies Russian Federation and Iran.

AMMAN/BEIRUT - South Syrian rebels agreed to give up arms in a Russian-brokered ceasefire deal on Friday, rebel sources said, surrendering Deraa province to the government in another major victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies.

According to the UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, 60,000 of the more than 320,000 people who escaped the intense battles since the launch of the push of June 19 are stationed along the border with Jordan.

An official said Jordan is favourable to a Russian military police presence on parts of the border to help exclude Iranian-backed militias that have been supporting Assad's forces and which are seen as a menace by Amman.

Both Israel and Jordan, which beefed up their borders, said they would not let refugees in but distributed aid inside Syria.

Global 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.

The operations of the army, the reporter said, were characterized by accuracy and accompanied by intensive fire.

He said he was angry at Jordan for keeping its border closed "and watching us dying".

A meeting between rebel and Russian negotiators was still continuing on Friday afternoon with no confirmation of a final agreement.

Assad's forces, he added bitterly, will now take over the crossing points with Jordan "so (Jordan's) economic interest will resume at our expense".

Smoke rises above rebel-held areas of the city of Daraa during reported airstrikes by Syrian regime forces on July 5, 2018.

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