Syrian forces reach Jordanian border crossing as rebels negotiate surrender
10 July, 2018, 00:38 | Author: Kim Reid
South Syrian rebels said they had agreed to lay down arms in a Russian-brokered deal that appeared to surrender Deraa province to the government in another major victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his alliance with Russia.
So now after the Nasib crossing is back under the government's control, expectations are high that both governments could work to reopen it on both sides despite the fact that the Syrian government blames Amman for supporting the ultra-radical rebels in Daraa during the seven-year-long war in Syria.
Anders Pedersen, the top United Nations humanitarian co-ordinator in Jordan, told reporters Sunday that just 150 to 200 Syrians remained near a key crossing point into Jordan, adding that as "far as we understand they are nearly exclusively men".
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi held talks on Wednesday in Moscow, where he warned a humanitarian crisis threatened to unfold on the border and said a ceasefire was urgently needed.
Hours earlier, opposition fighters battling a fierce government-led offensive in southern Syria's Deraa province had reached an agreement with negotiators from Russian Federation, a major ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The UN's refugee agency says that around 60,000 Syrians have gathered near the border.
Near the start of the government's offensive, Washington indicated it would respond to violations of that deal, but it has not done so yet and rebels said it told them to expect no American military help.
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