South Syrian rebels lay down arms in another Assad victory

South Syrian rebels lay down arms in another Assad victory

South Syrian rebels lay down arms in another Assad victory

Both countries have said they will not open their borders to refugees - Jordan took in more than half a million earlier in the war - but have distributed some supplies inside Syria.

Jordan has played a leading role behind the scenes in persuading Free Syrian Army rebels, whom it and Western powers have long supported, to reach a deal with Russian Federation that could spare southern Syria more bloodshed and destruction.

Syrian television showed footage of government tanks moving toward the crossing, which rebels seized from Syrian forces in April 2015.

Many are now returning after a recent deal between the army and rebels.

Xinhua reporters at the scene heard two explosions that rocked the vicinity, which reportedly could be the explosions of mines.

Israeli media sources said last week's talks between chief of staff of the Israeli army Gadi Eisenkot and his United States counterpart Joseph Dunford in Washington had primarily focused on this issue. The 70-year-old, identifying himself only as Abu Mohammed, said Syrian troops were now heading for the border.

The crossing is important for Jordan now that the country is suffering from economic obstacles, which led to the eruption of protests in June, leading to the government's sacking.

The deal, mediated by Russian Federation, will restore state sovereignty over rebel-held areas in Daraa province following a fierce government offensive.

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He obtained "control over the Syrian-Jordanian border areas in Daraa, the gradual disarmament of the rebels' heavier weapons, and the opportunity to rebuild his government's influence in southern Syria", the analyst at the Washington-based Center for a New American Security said.

Concrete blocks near the Nassib border crossing were plastered with emblems of insurgent factions, while an army checkpoint at the entrance carried photos of Assad. "They are only about 150-200 people at the border in the free-trade zone", Pedersen told reporters in Jordan's capital, Amman, on Sunday.

The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency said the capture of the Naseeb border crossing happened Friday afternoon after a deal was reached between rebels and Russian mediators to end the violence in southern Syria.

Latest reports pointed out that the Syrian army regained control of Nasib crossing on border with Jordan.

Fighters who reject the agreement will be evacuated with their families to the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, it added.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army and allied forces recaptured a strategic town in the southern province of Dara'a.

The intense Syrian and allied Russian air strikes on Daraa and Quneitra provinces came to a halt as rebels made their announcement, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.

Most of the displaced had fled to Daraa's border with Jordan and to neighboring Quneitrah province near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, whipped by desert winds and temperatures as high as 110 degrees.

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