Turkey condemns Syria regime’s 'inhumane' assault on Daraa

Turkey condemns Syria regime’s 'inhumane' assault on Daraa

Turkey condemns Syria regime’s 'inhumane' assault on Daraa

More than 120,000 people are believed to have fled their homes this week alone amid a major offensive by the army of President Bashar Assad to recapture areas that have been under the control of Sunni rebels.

The onslaught has sparked fears of a re-run of the offensives a year ago against the rebel enclaves of Aleppo and eastern Ghouta, including deadly bombardments followed by a retaking of territory and an accord to evacuate rebels from the areas.

"The secretary general recalls that the south-west area of Syria is part of a de-escalation agreement agreed between Jordan, Russia and the United States".

"We received so many refugees and helped them and we will continue helping them with everything we have", said resident Awad al-Sirhan.

Airstrikes pounded rebel-held areas in southwestern Syria on Thursday, killing at least 17 civilians in an underground shelter and driving thousands from their homes, as scores of displaced people protested near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, demanding global protection.

Busra Al-Sham was captured by the rebels of the Free Syrian Army's Southern Front Brigades and Jabhat Al-Nusra in March of 2015.

In the last two weeks, the Syrian government has taken much of the Daraa region.

Local groups in many towns seized by the army in recent days had negotiated their own surrender deals independently of the main rebel operations rooms after heavy air raids. They are moving in the direction of the border with Israel and Jordan.

The civilian delegation abandoned the negotiations "in light of the lack of clarity in the discussions and the Russians' insistence on imposing their conditions", the statement, authored by delegation leader Adnan Musalma, read.

Supported by Russian airpower, Syrian regime forces on June 19 launched an offensive to retake rebel-held areas in the southern province of Daraa.

The source did not elaborate further on the reports of an agreement in the territory where Syrian government forces have been waging a campaign to regain rebel-held territory since last week.

Jordan has been facilitating talks between rebel factions and Moscow over a deal that would end the violence in exchange for the return of state rule in Deraa province on its border.

Ibrahim Jabawi, spokesman for the Syrian opposition, said that a deal could not be reached.

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.

The Observatory said at least 46 civilians, including 15 children, have been killed since the offensive began, including the victims of Thursday's airstrike.

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