Syrian army gains ground on Jordan border in southwest

Claudine Rigal
Août 12, 2017

Under a plan hammered out in May between Russia, Turkey and Iran at peace talks in Kazakhstan, four "de-escalation zones" were to be established across swathes of Syria to ease fighting between regime and rebel forces.

Abbas Abu Osama, a resident of the town of Al-Houla, told AFP news agency that six strikes hit his hometown by Thursday afternoon.

A woman, a man and a child were killed and seven more people were wounded in shelling on a town of Hammuriyeh in Eastern Ghouta area near the capital Damascus, SOHR said.

According to the OSDH, the suicide bomber blew up an explosive belt in a database used by Jaish al-Islam (army of islam) near the station border Nasib.

Parts of southern Syria make up one zone.

The attack was not claimed in the immediate future, but jihadists linked to the group islamic State (IS) have already attacked the rebels in the south of Syria.

The Nasib border crossing lies in Syria's southern Daraa province and was captured by rebel groups in April 2015.

Sweida province was not included in a US-Russian brokered ceasefire that took effect in nearby areas of the southwest in July.

The fourth zone, in northwestern Idlib province, has yet to be implemented.

"They are now on the Jordanian border and back to outposts they had evacuated early in the conflict", said Saef.

The syrian rebellion began in the province of dara'a in march 2011 with large demonstrations calling for the departure of president Bashar al-Assad.

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