Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout

Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout

Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout

The top United States general in the Middle East told reporters that he has received "no specific direction" in the wake of Monday's meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite Russia's claims that agreements had been reached with regard to military cooperation.

With the city of Daraa and most of the province under their control, government forces have turned their focus to the area near the frontier with Israel, to clear the last pockets of the opposition.

The hilltop, which had a major anti-aircraft radar base that was part of elaborate Syrian defenses against Israel, and is the highest ground in Daraa province, fell into rebel hands in October 2014.

There would be further negotiations on a deadline for handing over medium and heavy weapons, according to the agreement sent by the rebel source.

Sunday, July 15, Syrian troops Assad has expanded its offensive in the province of Quneitra in Syria, which is adjacent to the Israeli-occupied Golan heights.

They then began intensely bombing rebels in Quneitra, a crescent-shaped province wedged between Daraa and the buffer zone with the Israel-occupied Golan to the west.

Putin last week met separately in Moscow with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a senior envoy of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, in an effort to forge a compromise.

He added that the trade and economic ties between Russian Federation and Iran are actively developing and that the two countries are working on several major joint projects, including the second and third phases of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant.

Meanwhile, Syria reportedly has agreed not to deploy its forces or equipment in the demilitarized zone with Israel.

The deal, confirmed in its general outlines by a monitoring group and opposition activists in Quneitra, will put the Syrian government face-to-face with Israel along most of its frontier for the first time since 2011, when an uprising against President Bashar Assad's rule swept through Syria.

Separately, some 7,000 civilians were expected to be evacuated from two pro-government villages in northwestern Syria as part of a negotiated deal with insurgents who have besieged them for three years. The Observatory said at least 12 people were killed as rescuers struggled to get to the casualties. "I don't trust the Russians or the regime".

Assad spoke during a meeting on Sunday with visiting Iranian foreign ministry's official Hossein Jaberi Ansari.

The Syrian opposition accuses Russian Federation and its allies of exacting a harsh punishment on civilians by heavily bombing rebel-held towns, forcing mass displacement of populated areas and causing wide scale destruction.

After a brief security check, she joins others at the roadside to wait for a bus that would take them to Ziv Hospital in the northern town of Safed, where a clown entertained the children.

The offensive has displaced more than 230,000 people, many of them on the run in the open from the onslaught.

The U.N. and human rights organizations have condemned such evacuations as forced displacement.

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