Rebels, Russia pursue talks over battered south Syria: monitor

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Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are deployed in al-Ghariya al-Gharbiya in Deraa province.

Rebels controlling several towns in southern Syria were on Friday considering a deal for a regime takeover in exchange for an end to fierce bombing, state media and a monitor said.

Claiming that 55 rebel-held villages in Daraa have so far fallen to the Syrian army, Asfari added that the government forces would arrive "in few hours to the Nasib border crossing with Jordan".

Addressing the Israeli cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had apprised Russian Federation and the United States of its position on the developments in the Golan, alluding to a separation of forces agreement with Syria after the 1973 Middle East war that created a buffer zone patrolled by the UN Disengagement and Observer Force (UNDOF).

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As many as 11,000 refugees had already reached the Israeli border fence on the Golan Heights on Sunday, judging it the safest place to avoid Syrian air force raids.

Some 650,000 Syrian refugees have registered with the United Nations in Jordan since fleeing their country's seven-year war which was sparked by peaceful anti-government protests in 2011.

Clashes continued between opposition factions and pro-government forces throughout the day on Monday, with the heaviest fighting concentrated near the town of Nawa in Daraa's western countryside, a rebel commander told Syria Direct on Monday morning.

Russian negotiators have demanded rebels accept terms like those agreed for eastern Ghouta, where insurgents either left for opposition territory in the northwest along with their families or accepted the return of state rule, Jabawi said.

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The chief Syrian opposition negotiator Nasr al-Hariri has decried "U.S. silence" over the offensive and said only a "malicious deal" could explain the lack of a USA response.

Shortly after the collapse of negotiations over southern Syria, airstrikes intensified on rebel-held parts of Daraa province that borders Jordan.

Over 100 civilians have been killed and thousands displaced since the regime offensive began two weeks ago.

"With regards to southern Syria, we will continue to defend our borders, we will extend humanitarian assistance as much as we can, [but] we will not allow entry to our territory", Netanyahu said.

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The Observatory said at least 46 civilians, including 15 children, have been killed since the offensive began, including the victims of Thursday's airstrike.

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