Jordan to talk to Russia as Syria fighting displaces 270,000

07 July, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Jordanian soldiers control the border between Syria and Jordan on July 1

The proposal for the Nusra Front was their evacuation to rebel-held areas in northern Syria, said the observatory, adding that the leader of the group in Daraa rejected the evacuation proposal and called for a general mobilization to fight the government forces till the end.

"I absolutely do not support reconciliation because the Iranian and Russian militias will come in, wanting to slaughter us all", he said of the regime allies.

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has also joined right groups in calling for borders to be opened to those fleeing Syria.

Bombing by the Syrian government, backed by Russian Federation, has broken a months-long ceasefire in rebel-held areas of southwest Syria and displaced residents are becoming stranded in ad-hoc camps near the borders.

But it is simultaneously brokering talks with rebel towns for negotiated surrenders in a carrot-and-stick strategy that Russian Federation and the regime have successfully used in the past.

But it is simultaneously brokering talks with rebel towns for negotiated surrenders in a carrot-and-stick strategy that Russian Federation and the regime have used in the past to retake swathes of rebel-held territory.

"The abject refusal by Jordanian authorities to allow asylum seekers to seek protection not only goes against their worldwide legal obligations, but against basic human decency", Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said.

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According to the UN, Jordan hosts about 650,000 registered Syrian refugees and has said that it will not open its border for more to cross.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed on Wednesday that the battle against terrorists to continue in Syria's de-escalation zones agreed upon by US, Russia and Jordan.

The UN said last week 160,000 had been displaced as they fled heavy bombardment and mostly took shelter in villages and areas near the Israeli and Jordanian borders.

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

An opposition source from the south with close knowledge of the talks said Russia's piecemeal approach to the deals had hamstrung the negotiating committee.

Israel's military deployed tank and artillery reinforcements to the Golan on Sunday, a statement said, "in light of developments on the Syrian Golan Heights".

Although Washington warned it would respond to violations of the agreement, it has done nothing so far and rebels have said the United States told them to expect no American military help.

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