Syrian offensive displaces thousands in rebel-held Deraa

1000s of civilians have fled routine bombardment on rebel-held areas in Syria’s southern land of Deraa since Tuesday, with most moving into other rebel-held areas in the south, according to media reports.

The civilians fleeing Al-Herak and Basr al-Harir were “heading to close by villages under digital rebel control not impacted by the bombardment near the Jordanian border” to the south.

The fresh offensive further undermines an international “de-escalation” agreement backed with the United States in advance of a threatened attacking.

Government planes dropped leaflets this week over rebel-held parts of Deraa state, comparing the area to the Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta and urging its residents to “cooperate” with the armed forces to drive out equipped groups.

The government besieged eastern Ghouta before waging a crushing military unpleasant. Government troops are in the mean time massing, mostly in the near by Sweida province.

Express media said the federal government is shelling “terrorists'” posts northeast of Deraa, wrecking their weapons.

The federal government turned its attention to the south after capturing the last rebel-held areas around the capital, Damascus, earlier this year.

After a string of military victories against rebels recording near Damascus, the regime has set their sights on retaking rebel-held regions of southern Syria – whether through negotiations or a military operation.

Digital rebel groups have responded by establishing a joint businesses command to coordinate their defence of what the opposition calls the “death triangle. inches

Rebel factions hold regions of metropolis and areas to its western world and east. The rebels also control areas together the borders with Test and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

‘Truce’
The united states, The ussr and Jordan negotiated a truce for the location, which borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, in July of a year ago. Nevertheless the calm has started to unravel in recent weeks.

Syrian President Bashar Assad told Iranian TELEVISION last week that discussions between the Russians, Us citizens and Israelis are still “ongoing, ” but said Iranian occurrence in the area was not flexible.

Israel is believed to be seeking an arrangement in which Iran and its allied militias would withdraw from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights area, while the US State Department has said any government attack would “broaden the turmoil, ” and contains threatened “firm and appropriate measures in response. ”

Israel has meanwhile carried out hits against Syrian and Iranian forces in the area in recent months, after repeatedly warning against any Iranian buildup near to the occupied Golan Heights.

Iran is a close ally of Assad, and its agents are embedded with his troops. Iranian-backed armed groups are also believed to be deployed in the area.

Syria’s war has killed more than 350, 000 people and displaced millions since it started in last year with the brutal clampdown, dominance of anti-regime protests.

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Updated: June 21, 2018 — 4:28 pm

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