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200,000 Syrians Flee Their Homes to the Jordanian and Israeli Borders

At least 214 civilians have been killed so far in the regime's offensive to recapture the province of Daraa writes Alsouria
200,000 Syrians Flee Their Homes to the Jordanian and Israeli Borders

The Syrian Human Rights Network reported today that some 200,000 Syrians have fled their homes in the province of Daraa towards the borders of Jordan and Israel.

The network published a report on the situation in the province of Daraa in which it confirmed that 198,000 displaced people who fled, as a result of the grounds and air offensive, to the border with Jordan and Israel, now live in tents on the Jordanian border, amid acute shortages in basic supplies such as drinking water, food and medicine.

According to the report, at least 214 civilians, including 65 children, and 43 women were killed as a result of attacks by Russian-backed Assad airforces between Jun. 15 – 30, 2018.

On Thursday, Amman expressed its readiness to support the UN in assisting displaced Syrians – but without going so far as to open the border.

Over the last several days, Daraa has been the target of intense air and ground attacks by the Assad regime and its allies, who have advanced deep into Daraa’s eastern countryside, capturing the towns of Busra al-Harir and Nahtah.

Following peace talks held last year in Kazakh capital Astana, Daraa was designated as a “de-escalation zone” in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.

Some 200,000 civilians have been driven from Daraa to the border in the past two weeks due to regime attacks


This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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