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SYRIEN: Regierung beginnt Offensive auf Deraa  infographic

Kämpfe im Süden Syriens eskalieren

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June 27, 2018 -- Kämpfe eskalieren im südlichen Syrien, Regierungstruppen dringen immer tiefer in das Rebellengebiet in der Daraa Provinz ein. Bereits seit Wochen dauert die Offensive, die Vereinten Nationen schätzen die Zahl der Vertriebenen auf bis zu 50.000.

Jordan said its borders will remain closed for any new refugees, calling on the UN. to provide security in southern Syria.

Deraa’s residents described living in extreme fear and said many had also headed to the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, believing it to be safer.

Since May 19, Syrian troops have targeted rebel-held areas in eastern Daraa, one of the country’s last major rebel strongholds. The strategic area was part of a truce deal reached last July between the United States, Russia and Jordan.

The offensive’s goal appears to be regaining control of the border crossing with Jordan, which has been in rebel hands since 2015. Syrian President Bashar Assad’s recent military victories, including the capture of Damascus suburbs and southern neighbourhoods, have propelled the push.

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