Israeli PM says not to allow Syrian refugees to enter Israel

Hannah Rogers
July 4, 2018

Another rebel official said some towns were trying to negotiate deals with the state on their own.

A military media unit run by the government's Lebanese ally Hezbollah, and a Syrian state television correspondent said rebels in Bosra al-Sham had agreed to come back under government rule and were starting to surrender their weapons.

Syrian troops have seized a swathe of rebel territory northeast of Deraa city.

Eastern Ghouta is in that region and was taken by an assault that killed over 1,000 civilians and decimated several towns.

In 1981, Israel annexed part of Golan in a move unrecognized by the worldwide community, while a smaller part of the area is under Syrian control.

Addressing the Israeli cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had apprised Russian Federation and the United States of its position on the developments in the Golan, alluding to a separation of forces agreement with Syria after the 1973 Middle East war that created a buffer zone patrolled by the UN Disengagement and Observer Force (UNDOF). So far, the US has remained silent in the face of a breach, and rebels are accusing them of making a "malicious deal" to remain silent.

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In the city of Dael, 15km north of Daraa's provincial capital, local authorities agreed to a reconciliation deal with the Syrian government last Friday that saw pro-Assad forces retake the city with little fighting, Syrian state news outlet SANA reported.

The opposition said the negotiations first failed because of the strict Russian demands but Jordan, which is concerned over battles erupting on its northern borders, intervened afterwards and mediate to reach a ceasefire.

The report added that the Jordanian government is now mediating the talks between the Russian reconciliation delegation and Syrian opposition.

The regime has chipped away at rebel-held territory in Daraa since the escalation began nearly two weeks ago.

In eastern parts of Deraa, the army took control of al-Ghariya al-Sharqiya and al-Ghariya al-Gharbiya and Um Walad, after taking al-Harak, Busra al-Harir and surrounding areas in recent days. There were contradictory reports over whether it had also gained the areas of al-Musayfra and Kuheil in eastern Deraa, and Tafas, al-Muzairib and Sheikh Saad in western Deraa.

Most fronts were quiet Sunday with the exception of areas near Tafas in Daraa's northwest hit by regime air strikes, the Observatory said. The Observatory says more than 100 civilians have been killed since an escalation in fighting on June 19.

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