Jordan's foreign minister tells Russian Federation ceasefire needed in southern Syria

Aaron Brown
July 7, 2018

Jordan, which has recorded some 650,000 Syrian refugees to the United Nations on its soil, says it can no longer accept more.

Safadi made the comment after holding talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

Meanwhile, the observatory said the Syrian Air Force hasn't conducted airstrikes in Daraa for 45 hours, except for the town of Tafas in the eastern countryside of Daraa, where the rebels rejected the Russian-backed deal.

It said that 58 percent of Daraa has become under the government-control through the battles and the reconciliations, which are basically a pardon for those who hand over their weapons and agree to abandon the insurgency.

Jordan has maintained the closure of its border, insisting it can no longer endure more influx of refugees.

Jordan has kept its border firmly sealed, insisting it can not handle any more than the 650,000 registered Syrian refugees it already houses, and has instead sent aid into its war-torn neighbour.

He said the situation in southern Syria was a cause for serious concern and needed to be resolved as soon as possible.

Instead, Safadi said Jordan is delivering aid to the displaced and has deployed field hospitals near the border.

The Kremlin has renewed a bombing campaign in Syria that the the U.N. German envoy for Syria is describing as a battle even worse than those for Aleppo and East Ghouta put together. "They are tired, exhausted and we still can't reach them".

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The strategic area was ostensibly protected by a ceasefire agreed by the US, Jordan, and Russian Federation just under a year ago, but President Al Assad is dead-set on retaking it.

Israel has also said that it will not let in any refugees.

Responding to Assad's statements, the USA state department said on June 14 that any government assault would "broaden the conflict" and threatened "firm and appropriate measures in response". Washington warned it would respond to violations of this agreement, but has done nothing so far.

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.

"We did not attend negotiations today".

He added that Syria calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all Palestinian and Arab prisoners held in Israeli jails, chief among them is the Syrian Prisoners Sedqi al-Maqt and Amal Abu Saleh, who have been subjected to arbitrary detention, solitary confinement and torture after being subject to mock trials and malicious charges.

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

Rebels met Russian negotiators on Saturday to seek peace terms for Daraa province, where most of their southwest territory is located but said these failed.

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