Syria's war: Rebel-held Bosra al-Sham surrenders in Deraa battle

Israel, Jordan say they won't let refugees in amid worries of humanitarian catastrophe

Responding to the recent developments, he said Israel now has two options - open its border, or push the global community to create a zone in the southern part of Syria where Israel can bring in medical and other support for those who are fleeing the fighting.

These deals imposed by the regime often see opposition fighters hand over their heavy weapons and allow those who want to leave to board buses headed to opposition-held areas in the north of Syria.

Backed by Russian air support, forces loyal to Assad have retaken control of lost territory and continue to progress southwards where the last pockets of opposition remain.

Humanitarian aid to refugees approaching the border will also continue, the statement said.

The campaign has put more than half the province under the control of President Bashar Al Assad's government, compared with just 30 per cent earlier, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "We are moving in all directions to bring a halt in fighting and protect civilians", Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi tweeted on Saturday. The northwestern chunk of Daraa province remains in opposition hands.

On Saturday at least ten civilians were killed when bombs were dropped on the rebel-held village of Ghasam, relief workers said.

"This is in line with Jordan's stance to help our Syrian brothers", Jumana Ghunaimat told the state news agency.

It is noted that Israel pursues a policy of non-interference in the civil war in Syria, but will immediately respond in case of a threat to its population or the sovereignty of the country.

Fighting in the southern province of Daraa has intensified over the past two weeks, forcing some 160,000 people to flee their homes with many amassing along the Jordanian and Israeli borders.

"The secretary general recalls that the south-west area of Syria is part of a de-escalation agreement agreed between Jordan, Russia and the United States".

Internally displaced people from Daraa province arrive near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Quneitra, Syria, on Friday.

Israel says it is neutral in the seven-year war but has carried out scores of air strikes in Syria on suspected Iranian targets, Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas or in response to what it said were attacks directed against its own forces in the Golan.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein warned that many civilians risk being trapped between government forces, rebels, and ISIS, which has a small foothold there - an outcome he said would be a "catastrophe".

It is estimated that as many as 115 civilians have been killed in regime bombardments on the province since 19 June.

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".

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