Syrian army says it captures strategic hill overlooking Israeli border ZlotoNews

Syrian army says it captures strategic hill overlooking Israeli border ZlotoNews

Syrian army says it captures strategic hill overlooking Israeli border ZlotoNews

Daraa was one of the last remaining rebel strongholds in Syria.

Tuesday's airstrike hit in the village of Ain el-Tineh in Quneitra province, about 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the Israeli frontier, according to a Syrian search and rescue team.

Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an overnight "frenzied" bombing campaign continued into Wednesday, with at least 350 missiles lobbed into Nawa and its surrounding areas.

The Syrian state news agency SANA said on Thursday there are reports that rebels had agreed a surrender deal in the southwestern province of al-Quneitra at the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Dozens of Syrians approached the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to seek help or sanctuary from a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive, before turning back after a warning from Israel's army. Quite the contrary, Iranian and Russian forces are now fighting side-by-side in southern Syria on al-Assad's behalf.

HTS jihadists are not included in a ceasefire between regime and rebels in Daraa announced earlier this month, which has allowed the regime to retake control of more than 90 percent of the province. An HTS ambush then left 12 regime forces dead, Abdel Rahman said.

Other towns in the west of the province have also joined the deal, but opposition fighters in Nawa - where tens of thousands of people live - have resisted.

Senior officers understand that the government is under pressure over its failure to stop incendiary kites and other attacks from Gaza, and that the chances of war have risen significantly over the past few days.

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On Sunday, several hundred rebels and civilians were bussed from Daraa city to opposition-held Idlib in the northwest, paving the way for it to return fully to the government fold.

Specifically, the London-based organization reported, Iran and Hezbollah are planning to withdraw forces from the Dara and Kuneitra areas near Israel's northern border.

Government forces have made a modest ground advance there, the Observatory and state media both said.

The weekend's violence came after months of near-weekly border demonstrations organized by Hamas aimed in part at protesting the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza.

On the USA withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal and its possible impact on Russia-Iran bilateral relations, the Russian ambassador to Tehran stated "our trade and bilateral economic relations are developing, we have a number of big joint projects despite the risk of USA sanctions". The Observatory said at least 12 were killed as rescuers struggled to get to the casualties.

The House's National Security Subcommittee, led by chairman Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) will hold a hearing Tuesday to examine how recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the territory could bolster US national security efforts to stem the flow of terrorists in the Jewish state and elsewhere in the region by giving the Jewish state unilateral control over the Syrian territory, where Iranian-backed fighters and other jihadists have been spotted since the start of a bloody civil war.

Israel has refused to comment.

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