Syria claims Israeli missiles struck near Damascus airport
29 June 2018, 03:32 | Isaac Mcdaniel
Israeli missiles struck near Damascus airport, Syrian state media reports
Fighting escalated in southern Syria as government forces on Tuesday pushed deeper into rebel-held territories in Daraa province in a weeklong offensive that the United Nations estimates has displaced up to 50,000 people.
The Israeli and USA moves came amidst continuing successful fight against Daesh (IS) and other terrorist groups by Syrian forces, supported by Russian Air Force and Iranian military advisors.
"We are concerned by developments in southwest Syria, particularly the intensification of Russian airstrikes and pro-regime ground attacks", a U.S. State Department official told Reuters.
To avoid a bloody onslaught, Russian Federation is leading talks with Syria, Jordan, Israel and the United States to reach a negotiated settlement.
The "Zulfiqar" announcement that it entered Busra al-Harir, in the eastern countryside of Daraa came to negate all what the Iranian government had announced, that there are no Iranian forces in the Southern part of the country.
The Syrian government troops are seeking to dislodge rebels who have been in the area for years, and gain control of the commercial border crossing with Jordan.
SANA linked the reported Israeli attack to the government's ongoing offensive against rebel groups in Syria's southwestern region.
Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safa said via Twitter that while there were now displaced people at the border, the country would nonetheless remain sealed and that it was the responsibility of the United Nations to secure the displaced within Syria's borders.
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