Journalist killed in south Syria fighting: state media

Jul 21, 2018, 02:11
Journalist killed in south Syria fighting: state media

The transfers came as Russian-backed government forces advanced in the neighbouring province of Quneitra, with air strikes pounding rebel positions perilously close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

"Go back before something bad happens". Jordan has said it will not open its borders to the newly displaced Syrians. Israel has refused to grant asylum to citizens of Syria, with which it is technically at war.

The Mazor Ladach field clinic, established by the IDF and global aid organizations in the southern Golan Heights, has provided medical treatment to approximately 6,000 Syrian civilians suffering from various conditions since its opening in August 2017.

Trump's call for an immediate and complete withdrawal of American troops from the region came even as top U.S. officials stressed the need to stay for the long term. "There are lots of Arab countries, rich countries".

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan from Syria in 1967 and later annexed it, in a move never recognised internationally.

The Syrians who approached the fence stopped some 200 meters (yards) away.

Putin, the Syrian government's key ally in the almost eight-year war, cited the need to restore the situation along the Golan borders to the state that prevailed before the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011.

The artillery and aerial bombardment came only hours after thousands of displaced people who had taken shelter along the Israeli border returned to the city that the army had almost completely besieged.

The crowd, which included women and children, then walked back slowly toward the refugee encampment.

An Israeli officer, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said such processions toward the fence had happened before: "It's their way of signaling they need new supplies".

Nabe' Al-Sakher is located just east of the Golan Heights and it is located along one of the main roads that eventually lead to the provincial capital of Al-Quneitra.

Fuaa and Kafraya in Idlib province were the last remaining areas under blockade in Syria and a rare example of pro-government towns surrounded by rebel forces. Government fighters waved rifles and held aloft pictures of Assad as they celebrated.

Speaking to ABC news on Sunday, Trump's national security adviser John Bolton said that United States troops would remain on the ground so long as Iran and its proxies threatened regional stability.

Israel has threatened a "harsh response" to any attempt by Syrian forces to deploy in that zone.

A senior Israeli official said Netanyahu told Russian Federation that Israel would not seek to topple its ally, Assad, but Moscow should encourage Iranian forces to quit Syria, a senior Israeli official said.

The topic was also discussed by Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Saturday evening, and during a meeting between Netanyahu and Putin in Moscow last Wednesday.

Citing a military source, Syrian state news agency SANA also said the army had captured a string of villages including Al-Tiha and Zimrin. The Observatory said at least 12 were killed as rescuers struggled to get to the casualties.

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