United Nations warns of largest population displacement in S.Syria

Jordanian soldiers control the border between Syria and Jordan on July 1

Syria: United Nations says number of displaced in south-west has reached 270,000

After artillery strikes hit Jordanian territory from Syria, he said Jordan's armed forces were ready to defend country's interests.

A girl holds a Syrian flag and a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Deraa, Syria July 4, 2018. "Jordan has been shouldering this responsibility, and I must say, we've been doing so alone", Safadi said on Thursday.

Jordan and Israel have said their borders would remain closed, even as tens of thousands of Syrians flee the government offensive.

The United Nations has warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in the southwest caused by the fighting that erupted after a Russian-backed army offensive to recapture rebel-held southern Syria.

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.

The situation threatens to repeat that of 2016, when some 60,000 internally displaced Syrians were stranded at the border with Jordan in a settlement inaccessible to any medical or humanitarian aid and controlled by exploitative criminal gangs.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday there were "divisions among rebel groups" over whether to agree to the terms proposed by Russian Federation.

Diplomatic sources say that wider negotiations were hard, with Russian Federation insisting on sweeping surrender terms and rebels seeking an agreement that would make Jordan a guarantor of the safety of Deraa province's 800,000 civilians.

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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.

This comes as several towns have accepted to embark on a reconciliation process with the Syrian army in Daraa, while other towns have been retaken through military action.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday there were "divisions among rebel groups" over whether to agree to the terms proposed by Russian Federation.

Air raids meanwhile intensified, said the monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as displaced people flocked to the border areas least likely to be hit.

"The forces deployed this morning as part of preparations and readiness, in light of developments on the Syrian Golan Heights", the military said in a tweet Sunday, adding that Israel was sticking to its longtime policy of nonintervention in Syria's civil war.

A week ago the global organisation said that 160,000 people had been displaced.

Mr Safadi said Amman had open channels with Damascus and Moscow and the talks would focus on reaching a ceasefire and halting the displacement.

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