Syrian opposition factions agree to Russian settlement in Daraa

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Fierce battles were still roiling the area around Deraa city, near the Jordanian border, where the army was trying to capture a disused airbase, rebels said, and the northwestern chunk of Deraa province remains in opposition hands.

More than 120,000 people are believed to have fled their homes this week alone amid a major offensive by the army of President Bashar Assad to recapture areas that have been under the control of Sunni rebels.

Opposition activists reported violence, even during a 12-hour truce that was reportedly brokered by Russian Federation and Jordan and went into effect at midnight Thursday, saying more than 100,000 people have fled their homes since the government offensive began on June 19.

The U.N. said thousands of people are fleeing the fighting but warned civilians caught in the violence are likely to be trapped in the governorate because Jordan has closed its border, cutting off their main escape route.

Russia's intervention in Syria has drawn scrutiny.

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Israeli officials said they can't possibly take in 160,000 refugees, but are trying to do everything possible to help them.

Some 650,000 Syrian refugees have registered with the United Nations in Jordan since fleeing their country's seven-year war which was sparked by peaceful anti-government protests in 2011.

This video here was shared by a local activist group from Daraa.

"The Russian insistence on attempting to impose conditions, their unreadiness to stop the air strikes during negotiations, all this gives us more reason for lack of trust and justified fear", said Adnan Masalmeh, a coordinator of an opposition committee steering the negotiators.

The fighting is in a diplomatically delicate region, abutting both Jordan and the Israel-occupied Golan Heights. 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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Russia-backed regime forces have been bombarding insurgents in southern Syria since June 19 in an effort to retake areas.

The army has already captured large parts of the eastern zone of rebel-held territory in Deraa province less than two weeks into its offensive, however.

Syria is pushing south in an offensive against rebels in the southern Daraa Province, which borders Israel and Jordan.

Regime warplanes launched a new wave of strikes on rebel areas after the talks collapsed on Saturday, including in Bosra Al Sham near the Jordan border where the talks were held, the Observatory said, causing deaths, injuries and damage.

But Russian negotiators had still not arrived several hours after another meeting was due to begin on Saturday, Jabawi said.

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