Displaced Syrians march close to Israel; airstrike kills 10

Smoke following an explosion in Syria is seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the Israeli Syrian border

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Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there was "no problem" between his country and the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Israel captured much of the Golan in 1967 fighting with Syria and annexed the strategic plateau, a move not recognized overseas.

As the offensive comes closer to Israel's Golan Heights, Jerusalem has stressed for the 1974 separation of forces agreement between Israel and Syria to be upheld and the demilitarized buffer zone along the border be respected.

The International Rescue Committee said the government's advance has trapped tens of thousands of displaced Syrians along the frontier with the Golan Heights, which Israel occupied in 1967.

Israel has threatened a harsh response to any attempt by Syrian forces to deploy in the zone, complicating the government offensive as it draws closer to the frontier.

Though the goal of this demilitarized zone was to prevent further clashes between the two countries, by calling for a strict adherence to the ceasefire agreement, Israel has also established a de facto safe zone where fleeing Syrians can be spared from the Assad regime's offensive, to a certain degree.

Top Iranian aide Ali Akbar Velayati, giving a conference in Russian Federation on Friday, ruled out the possibility of an immediate withdrawal of its military from Iraq and Syria.

This is something Putin appeared to suggest at the Helsinki meeting, when he discussed the regime offensive around Quneitra.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking alongside US President Donald Trump on Monday, cited the need to restore the situation along the Golan borders to the state that prevailed before the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011. "Mr President devoted a lot of attention to this".

Netanyahu also said that he thanked Trump for his hardline stance toward Tehran, as well as for his "commitment to the security of Israel". Assad's office said the two agreed that the "elimination of terrorism in most of the Syrian territory has laid the most appropriate ground to reach results at the political level" that could put an end to Syria's war.

Such cooperation between the United States and Russian militaries in Syria is controversial, and would all but end Washington's shallow support for the anti-Assad opposition.

Though Iran has only a small number of forces in Syria, they've become an increasingly contentious issue because of Israel's anger.

His meeting with Putin following heightened tensions between Russian Federation and the US' European allies.

Trump meets Putin in the Finnish capital on Monday.

"[The] president. seems determined to realise his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin's regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbours, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of global treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world", McCain said in a statement.

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