Daraa Map: Syrian Army liberates strategic hilltop overlooking occupied Golan Heights

Pauline Gross
July 17, 2018

They are trapped between the Israeli border and advancing regime forces with little shelter from the harsh summer weather.

"Bombardments have also hit areas in (neighboring) Daraa province".

A rebel official, Abu Shaima, said at least 500 fighters were going to get on around 15 buses and that his bus was already on the road north to opposition-held Idlib province.

The military confirmed that soldiers used bullhorns to tell approximately 200 Syrians to back away from the fence, but an IDF spokesperson said that this was due to concerns that they were approaching a live minefield near the border.

They usually follow ferocious military campaigns and sometimes stifling sieges that effectively force rebels to surrender. Sixteen trucks carrying 3,000 food parcels reached the towns of Nassib and Um Al-Mayathen in Daraa province near a border crossing with Jordan on Sunday, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) statement said.

The government is now in control of more than four-fifth of that province's territory, the monitor said.

Sunday's convoy was accompanied by a delegation containing the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Syria Ali Al-Zaatari and representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

"We have come there without the Americans' permission and we won't heed their demands to leave", Mr. Velayati said, according to Iranian press accounts.

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Rebels and other groups still control 70 per cent of Quneitra, while the Syrian government is in full control of Sweida - a third southern province - the Observatory added.

"People from the refugee camps went very close to the border to ask for protection because the bombardment is very close to Quneitra", said one source near the Golan Heights.

Abdel Rahman said that unlike in Daraa, fighter planes had not been used in the Quneitra offensive and that Russian Federation was not yet taking part.

As the offensive comes closer to Israel's Golan Heights, Jerusalem has stressed for the 1974 separation of forces agreement between Israel and Syria to be upheld and the demilitarized buffer zone along the border be respected.

Trump also stated that that the USA and Russian Federation collaborate on efforts to ensure the Jewish state does not experience fallout from the civil war in Syria through which rebel groups seek to overthrow brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian regime forces backed by Russian Federation made sweeping advances on Monday against rebels holding out in the country's south, a monitor and regime media said.

More than 350,000 people have been killed and millions displaced by Syria's war since it started in 2011 with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.

Other reports by GizPress

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