Syrian rebels and Russian Federation ceasefire deal breaks down

Syrian rebels and Russian Federation ceasefire deal breaks down

This comes as a major victory for Syria as the war-torn country renews efforts to take back the Daraa province from rebel fighters.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is waging a campaign in the southwest with Russian air support to recapture the region from rebel groups, and has seized a large chunk of their territory.

Lavrov, meanwhile, said Moscow was helping Syria's army "convince" rebels to lay down their arms.

Rebels in southern Syria were divided on Monday over whether to accept deals offered by Russian Federation that would see regime forces retake control of opposition towns.

The strategic area was ostensibly protected by a ceasefire agreed by the US, Jordan, and Russian Federation just under a year ago, but President Bashar al-Assad is dead-set on retaking it.

Instead, Safadi said Jordan is delivering aid to the displaced and has deployed field hospitals near the border.

Jordan, which has taken in more than half a million displaced Syrians since the war began, and Israel have said they will not open their borders to refugees.

But it is simultaneously brokering talks with rebel towns for negotiated surrenders in a carrot-and-stick strategy that Russian Federation and the regime have used in the past to retake swathes of rebel-held territory.

Rebels and residents say a string of rebel towns have reached their own surrender arrangements that have allowed Russian military police to enter and patrol their towns.

"Intense air and ground based strikes have reportedly continued in multiple areas in Syria's Daraa Governorate, resulting in the death and injury of civilians and the largest displacement in the area since the conflict began", United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.

The Observatory said some rebel groups accepted to reconcile with the government after handing over their weapons while the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and other ultra-radical groups have rejected to evacuate toward northern Syria.

The offensive resumed against opposition forces Wednesday evening by the Syrian government and Russian military after negotiations failed to resolve the impasse between the two sides earlier in the day.

"The time has come for the conscience of humanity to wake up after the greatest crime in history is being committed against the Syrian people", he said in a statement on Sunday. Last week, rebels said it had told them not to expect any U.S. military support.

Many of them have been gathering on the border with Jordan and near the boundary close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, though both countries have insisted they will not accept refugees.