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Syria’s war: Rebels resume Russia talks under Jordan’s mediation

1 July 2018, 5:25:57

Talks have resumed between the Syrian opposition and Russian negotiators over a peace deal in a rebel-held town in southwestern Syria after Jordanian mediation, an opposition spokesperson said.

Sunday's talks come after at least 75 people, including 23 children and 14 women, were killed in air raids by Syria's air force in the past 24 hours, local sources told.

A team representing the Free Syrian Army's (FSA) rebels was holding talks with Russian officers in the town of Bosra al-Sham on Sunday morning, Ibrahim al-Jabawi, the spokesperson for the central operations room representing FSA negotiators told Reuters news agency.

Talks failed on Saturday, after a meeting in which Russian officers met the rebel team and demanded a complete surrender, rebels said.

A government's offensive this month in southwest Syria has taken much of the eastern part of Deraa province from rebels, backed by a bombardment that the United Nations says has pushed 160,000 people out of their homes.

The failed meeting on Saturday was aimed to try to agree on a deal to restore government sovereignty to all of Deraa province, but without the army or police entering the area.

"The meeting ended in failure. The Russians were not ready to listen to our demands. They offered one option, to accept their humiliating demand to surrender, which was rejected," al-Jabawi was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency.


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