Syria: Zeid warns of Daraa catastrophe amid fighting

Syria: Zeid warns of Daraa catastrophe amid fighting

Syria: Zeid warns of Daraa catastrophe amid fighting

The fighting centered on the southern city of Daara where Syrian troops pounded rebel positions.

If the state regains control of the southwest region, the only remaining rebel stronghold will be in Northwest Syria along the Turkey border.

Talks have resumed between the Syrian opposition and Russian negotiators over a peace deal in a rebel held town in southwestern Syria after Jordanian mediation, an opposition spokesman said.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 120,000 Syrians have fled.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has asked Jordan to reopen its border but the country already hosts hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and says it can't accept any more.

The UN has warned that more than 750,000 lives are at risk in the south, which is meant to be protected by a ceasefire put in place past year by Russia, Jordan, and the United States.

Tens of thousands of people have fled toward the border with Jordan and thousands more to the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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The Jordan-backed talks came as a tentative calm reigned over most fronts in the southern province of Daraa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Clashes continued between opposition factions and pro-government forces throughout the day on Monday, with the heaviest fighting concentrated near the town of Nawa in Daraa's western countryside, a rebel commander told Syria Direct on Monday morning.

In 1981, Israel annexed part of Golan in a move unrecognized by the global community, while a smaller part of the area is under Syrian control. Despite Washington's threats that it would respond to breaches of that arrangement, it has shown no sign of doing so, and the opposition's top negotiator on Thursday accused it of having struck a "malicious deal" to stay silent.

The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will have a detailed discussion about Syria when they meet in July.

The report added that the Jordanian government is now mediating the talks between the Russian reconciliation delegation and Syrian opposition.

Syrian state media said earlier Saturday that more areas in Daraa province had been captured and in others rebels had agreed to hand over their weapons and reconcile with the government.

The regime has chipped away at rebel-held territory in Daraa since ratcheting up the violence nearly two weeks ago, with Russian Federation stepping in to oversee a string of deals to retake towns from the embattled rebels.

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