Major rebel-held town in Syria to accept Assad’s rule, reports say

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

Major rebel-held town in Syria to accept Assad’s rule, reports say

But just under half of Daraa province - including part of the provincial capital of the same name - still remains in the hands of rebels, and the United Nations is putting the numbers of internally displaced at over 160,000.

Talks between the Syrian opposition and Russian negotiators to reach a ceasefire in an opposition and rebel-held town in southwestern Syria have resumed after mediation by Jordan, an opposition spokesman said.

Damascus and Moscow are pushing for a deal that would see regime forces take over the Naseeb border crossing with Jordan and deploy along the frontier with the Golan Heights, he said.

Opposition negotiators said they would only accept a deal that made Jordan a guarantor for the safety of Deraa province's 800,000 civilians and added that continued air strikes during the talks undermined trust in the process. The Russians were not ready to listen to our demands.

"Jordan insists on its position that a political solution must end the Syrian crisis and it deals with relief organizations to help the displaced inside Syria", she said late Friday.

Not far from the border with Israel, the Syrian troops have been fighting since June 18 against terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra (banned in Russia) and groups fighting with them to regain control over the southern province of Daraa.

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

Free Syrian Army rebels are resisting the plan, proposing instead that Russian military police take control rather than Syrian military forces.

It broadcast live from the town of Dael, where a crowd was shown chanting slogans in support of Assad and the army.

On Saturday, state television said the town of al-Ghariya al-Sharqiya had accepted a "reconciliation" agreement with the government, and the national flag had been raised there. Russian military forces entered several villages and towns in the south of the country.

Syrian state media said earlier Saturday that more areas in Daraa province had been captured and in others rebels had agreed to hand over their weapons and reconcile with the government.

Amman has said it can not open its frontier to any more Syrians fleeing the seven-year conflict, but on Saturday announced it had sent aid across the border to the displaced.

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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