Syrian government reaches reconciliation deal with rebels in Nawa

Arturo Kim
July 19, 2018

The Syrian military from time to time shelled Israeli positions, leading to retaliatory action by the IDF.

"Truly countering the IRGC, let along removing it from Syria entirely, would require the total dismantlement of the system itself, or at least going on the offensive, reducing the Syrian government area of control", he writes.

The Syrian army and its allies have taken control of a strategic hill overlooking the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as it pushes forward with an offensive to seize the remaining parts of the southwest from rebels, state tv and rebels said on Monday.

"They are living in areas where is intense heat without adequate shelter, without adequate humanitarian assistance and despite the extreme humanitarian conditions and insecurity in the area, both the Israeli and the Jordanian government have persisted in not allowing these asylum seekers to try to seek refuge across the border", he added.

US President Donald Trump is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki, when Syria is expected to be high on the agenda.

Netanyahu said he thanked Trump for his tough stance against Iran.

The air raids, which were launched on Tuesday and continued on Wednesday, hit the rebel-held city's only hospital, rendering it non-operational and causing dozens of reported casualties.

Hundreds of fighters and their families were evacuated to northern Syria after a deal with the government.

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This was a substantial city for the rebels, with an estimated 100,000 people living in it, far more than resided there at the start of the war.

A USA intelligence report viewed by American media, however, said Putin was expected to ask Trump to deliver on his promise and indeed pull out of Syria.

Assad has regained much of the territory he lost to rebels, now comfortably controls more than 60 percent of Syria.

The Observatory said warplanes and ground forces have also targeted the southern tip of the region, which is held by militants affiliated with the Islamic State group.

Trump announced in April that he was going to withdraw American forces from Syria, saying their declared mission had come to an end after the defeat of the ISIS terror group.

The sound of bombs could be heard nearby as a pregnant mother of four said she had fled with her children from the nearby town of Quneitra earlier this month. Sixteen trucks carrying 3,000 food parcels reached the towns of Nassib and Um Al Mayathen in Deraa province near a border crossing with Jordan on Sunday, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) statement said.

The convoy was accompanied by a delegation including the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Syria Ali Al Zaatari and representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

According to ISNA, Velayati said in an interview with Russia Today that Iran's presence in Syria would not be affected by the Israeli regime's objection.

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