Syria rebels reject Russian Federation conditions for surrender in Daraa

Syria rebels reject Russian Federation conditions for surrender in Daraa

Syria rebels reject Russian Federation conditions for surrender in Daraa

Rebels controlling several towns in southern Syria were on Friday considering a deal for a regime takeover in exchange for an end to fierce bombing, state media and a monitor said.

However, the collapse of talks between rebels and Russian Federation for a deal to place the entire province under state control has dashed hopes for a quick end to the fighting.

As the battle for southwestern Syria continues, both Daraa residents and local rebels are caught between facing a pro-government onslaught or accepting reconciliation and returning to state control.

Fighting and bombardment had calmed overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, but reignited on Sunday around Tafas, northwest of Deraa, along with heavy air attacks.

A negotiator in the rebel-held part of Daraa city told Agence France-Presse: "All people who carried arms would be put on trial". Assad's forces captured the last enclaves near Damascus and Homs earlier this year.

Deraa and Quneitra had been relatively calm for nearly a year because of a "de-escalation" agreement brokered by the U.S. and Jordan, which support the opposition, and Russian Federation, a staunch ally of the government. Washington warned it would respond to violations of this agreement, but has done nothing so far.

"The last sessions were today", said Bashar al-Zobi, accusing the regime and its Russian ally of wanting nothing but "surrender and injustice".

The Israeli military said it took in six Syrians, including four young children, over the weekend for emergency medical treatment after their families were killed. "We are moving in all directions to bring a halt in fighting and protect civilians", Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi tweeted on Saturday.

"Civilians are paying the price of another military offensive", said Wouter Schapp, CARE's Syria country director.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitoring group, said the campaign had killed at least 98 civilians since June 19.

Jordanian government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat said Amman is communicating with most of the parties to the Syrian crisis, mainly Russian Federation and the US, in an attempt to reach a cease-fire.

As many as 11,000 refugees had already reached the Israeli border fence on the Golan Heights on Sunday, judging it the safest place to avoid Syrian air force raids.

Thousands of displaced Syrians live in tent camps near the border with Israel, with many hundred pouring in in recent days following fighting in Syria's seven-year civil war in which approximately 500,000 people have died.

Until Assad's offensive began this month, its front lines had been mostly stable.

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.

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