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Syria rebels say talks with Russian Federation 'fail' over the south

30 2018 from the Golan Heights shows refugees building a new tent at a camp for displaced Syrians near the Syrian village of Burayqah in the southern province of Quneitra Syria rebels say talks with Russian Federation 'fail' over the south
Patty Aguilar | 06 July, 2018, 23:38

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi will visit Moscow today, where he will discuss the situation in Syria with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

Syrian rebel negotiators began a new round of talks with Russian officers on Tuesday over a peace deal in southern Syria under which they would hand over weapons and allow Russian military police to enter rebel-held towns, a rebel spokesman said.

The number of people forced to flee their homes in southwestern Syria as a result of the two-week escalation in fighting has climbed to 270,000 people, the United Nations refugee spokesman in Jordan said.

Haq said the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had urged Jordan to open its border and for other countries in the region to welcome the civilian refugees.

The announcement was made in a post on his official Twitter account following a visit to the Jordanian-Syrian border aimed at inspecting the conditions of refugees there.

Current talks are over remaining rebel territory, including Daraa's western countryside and the southern half of the city.

"I look forward to a frank discussion to discuss how to arrive at a ceasefire as soon as possible", Mr Safadi said in Amman, adding that he would also be seeking ways to alleviate a worsening humanitarian situation.

The Israel Defense Forces said an increased number of civilians had been spotted in refugee camps on the Syrian side of the Golan over the past few days, and that it had sent aid supplies at four locations to people fleeing hostilities.

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Ultimately, to be able to reach as many Syrians as they need help, he said, United Nations agencies must be able to access southern Syria through cross-line and cross border operations.

"The immediate needs of displaced Syrians near the border in Jordan include shelter, water, food, medical care and sanitation".

"We also remain mindful of the risks that local humanitarian workers in southern Syria face in these hard and violent times".

Most of those escaping the fighting have fled to the borders with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The Observatory said some rebel groups accepted to reconcile with the government after handing over their weapons while the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and other ultra-radical groups have rejected to evacuate toward northern Syria. "We were not party to any agreement and we never will be", said the statement, accusing those who agreed to such handovers of trying to selfishly secure personal interests.

According to Syrian opposition media reports, the explosions were the result of an IDF air strike.

Russia insisted the army would return to its pre-2011 positions and local police would take over towns in coordination with Russian military police.

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