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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a United Kingdom based monitoring group, said government forces had reached the Jordanian frontier in Deraa province on Thursday for the first time since 2015, part of a major offensive to recover the entire south-west from rebels.

Jordanian residents of Jabir village watch aid deliveries to Syrians fleeing the government offensive in the south as smoke from unknown fire rises.

Syrian government forces reached a crucial border crossing with Jordan on Friday, state media said, as their long-heralded push through the opposition's southern stronghold appeared to be in its final stages and rebel forces negotiated a withdrawal.

Israel's Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, said that "we must do everything to clarify, vis-a-vis the Russians, the Assad government, that we will not accept any armed presence by the Assad regime in the areas which are meant to be demilitarised", according to Reuters.

Rebels and a jihadist group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State also hold part of Quneitra province in the southwest along the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan.

"The Nassib crossing will come under a Syrian civil administration, with Russian supervision", said Abazeed.

Several witnesses along the Jordan border fence with Syria said they spotted armoured vehicles and a tank with a Russian flag heading to the Nassib crossing, an important trade artery.

The U.N. refugee agency has urged Jordan to open its borders to the fleeing Syrians.

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

During Syria's seven-year war, it has conducted scores of air strikes on what it describes as Iranian or Tehran-backed targets.

Rebel sources said Russian Federation would guarantee the safe return of civilians who fled the government offensive in the biggest exodus of the war, with 320,000 people uprooted.

Those who would refuse to do that would be allowed to leave the government-held territories and move to the northern Idlib province, SANA reports.

Under such deals, rebels hand over heavy weapons, local police take control of the area and government institutions resume working there.

Rebel territory in southern Syria was included in a cease-fire zone created past year in a deal between Washington, Amman, and Moscow, but that did little to halt the government's assault.

He said Syrian and Russian jets had pummeled towns across the south-west and villages near the border crossing in the past few weeks.

But Russia blocked the council from adopting a statement on the issue.


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