Talks to end south Syria military campaign collapse

Israel, Jordan say they won't let refugees in amid worries of humanitarian catastrophe

Insurgents, local officials and regime ally Russian Federation agreed that four villages and a strategic town near the border with Jordan would be ceded to Damascus, extending government control to some 60% of Syria's southern Daraa province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

These deals imposed by the regime often see opposition fighters hand over their heavy weapons and allow those who want to leave to board buses headed to opposition-held areas in the north of Syria.

Southwestern Syria is one of two remaining rebel strongholds, along with a region of the northwest that President Bashar al-Assad has sworn to recapture.

Since June 19, backed by its ally Russian Federation, the Damascus regime has carried out a deadly bombing campaign in southern Syria as it pushes to retake the strategic area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan.

Israel in recent days has dispatched massive humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees fleeing Assad's advancing army and has treated six wounded Syrians in Israeli hospitals.

According to a war monitoring group, the offensive has uprooted more than 120,000 civilians, driving a lot of them towards the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. "It's inadmissible", a negotiator in the rebel-held part of Deraa city told Agence France-Presse.

Fierce battles were still ongoing around Daraa city, near the Jordanian border, where the army had repeatedly failed to capture a disused air base, rebels said. Jordan has been facilitating talks between rebel factions and Moscow over a deal that would end the violence in return for the return state rule to Deraa province.

"The forces deployed this morning as part of preparations and readiness in light of developments on the Syrian Golan Heights", the military said on Twitter, adding that Israel was holding to a policy of non-intervention in Syria's civil war.

The U.N. refugee agency said the number of displaced people in southern Syria had more than tripled to 160,000 in the latest fighting.

The entire southwest is part of a "de-escalation zone" agreed previous year by Russian Federation, the United States and Jordan.

Internally displaced people from Daraa province arrive near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Quneitra, Syria, on Friday.

Since the renewed attacks by pro-regime forces began earlier this month in the Daraa province, tens of thousands of Syrian civilians have been streaming to the nearby Israeli and Jordanian borders, seeking refuge.

At least five at people were killed in regime bombardment of Deraa on Saturday, the Observatory said, taking the civilian death toll in the province to 105, including 19 children, since June 19.

"We will continue to defend our borders".

The chief Syrian opposition negotiator Nasr Al Hariri has decried "US silence" over the offensive and said only a "malicious deal" could explain the lack of a United States response.

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