Syrian opposition in talks with Russian Federation over Daraa peace deal

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah speaks

The chief Syrian opposition negotiator Nasr al-Hariri has decried "U.S. silence" over the offensive and said only a "malicious deal" could explain the lack of a US response.

Rebels controlling several towns in southern Syria were on Friday considering a deal for a regime takeover in exchange for an end to fierce bombing, state media and a monitor said. Moscow is Assad's strongest ally and its air power since 2015 has been crucial to his recapture of vast swathes of Syria.

But many residents of opposition towns worry that a deal struck with Russian Federation would only be violated later on, said Daraa activist Omar Hariri.

Jordan said Sunday it would be unable to host a new wave of Syrian refugees and that the border would remain closed, as Damascus escalated its bombardment on the southwestern region bordering the kingdom and the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.

Syrian troops have seized a swathe of rebel territory northeast of Deraa city.

The United Nations is warning of a humanitarian catastrophe as some 160,000 people have fled the lastest offensive that began on June 19th.

The onslaught has sparked fears of a re-run of the offensives past year against the rebel enclaves of Aleppo and eastern Ghouta, including deadly bombardments followed by a retaking of territory and an accord to evacuate rebels from the areas. The Israelis have already targeted Iran-backed militia fighting on Assad's side, which they have vowed to keep far from their country's borders.

Airstrikes pounded rebel-held areas in southwestern Syria on Thursday, killing at least 17 civilians in an underground shelter and driving thousands from their homes, as scores of displaced people protested near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, demanding worldwide protection.

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Southwest Syria is a "de-escalation zone" of reduced warfare and bombardment agreed by Russia, Jordan and the United States a year ago.

The opposition's chief negotiator in wider U.N. peace talks, Nasr al-Hariri, last week accused the United States of complicity in Assad's southwest offensive, saying American silence could only be explained by "a malicious deal".

With those capitulations, regime forces have doubled their territorial control in the main southern province of Daraa to around 60 percent since operations began on June 19.

The talks in the town of Bosra al-Sham, whose Roman citadel is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, collapsed on Saturday, however, as the insurgents rejected Russia's proposed terms for their surrender, a rebel spokesman said.

The Russians were not ready to listen to our demands.

Israel will not allow any Syrian refugees to enter its territory but will continue to provide them with humanitarian aid, Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman said.

Local websites reporting news about Ramtha claimed that dozens of mortar shells have lost their way into their area since the beginning of the attack on Daraa nearly two weeks ago.

It broadcast live from the town of Dael, where a crowd was shown chanting slogans in support of Assad and the army.

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