Syria Daily: Russia & Regime Renew Bombing of Daraa in South

Smoke rises from a pro-Assad attack on Daraa Province, Syria, July 5, 2018

UPDATE 1315 GMT: Images of some of the latest civilians displaced by pro-Assad attacks and Russian bombing:


UPDATE 0900 GMT: Local activists report Russian violation of Jordanian airspace in airstrikes on Daraa Province this morning.

Russian warplanes reportedly struck a displaced persons’ camp near the Nassib crossing on the Jordanian border.

Photographs have been posted of a family of six killed in bombing of the town of Saida, east of Daraa city.

Pro-Assad forces are trying to enter the town after the bombardment.


Russia and the Assad regime resumed bombing across Daraa Province in southern Syria on Wednesday, following another breakdown in surrender talks.

Civilian areas targeted included Tafas, northwest of Daraa city, and Saida to the east, as well as Daraa itself and the towns of Naimah and Yadoudah. Attacks included barrel bombs dropped from helicopters.

Yesterday’s halt to talks, between rebels and Russian officials and mediated by Jordan, was the second in five days. Rebels are asking for Russian military police, rather than Assad security forces, to oversee the opposition territory handed over to the regime.

See Syria Daily, July 4: Southern Rebels Resume Surrender Talks With Russia

“The talks with the Russian enemy in Busra al-Sham [a historic town on the Jordanian border] have failed because of their insistence on handing over heavy weapons,” said Abu Shaima, a spokesman of the Free Syrian Army’s central operations room.

Russia wants all heavy weapons handed over at the same time. Wary of regime crackdowns, detentions, and forced conscriptions which have occurred in other capitulated areas, the opposition wants to surrender the weapons in stages after displaced people return home.

The pro-Assad attacks and Russian bombing have forced more than 270,000 people — 1/3 of Daraa’s population — to leave their homes since June 19. More than 60,000 are close to the Jordanian border, with about 160,000 near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Both Jordan and Israel are refusing entry, although the Israel Defense Forces are providing humanitarian aid to the displaced in makeshift camps.

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

5 COMMENTS

  1. So.. why did the rebels launch an attack on Tadef? Giving the russians/assad an excuse to overrun the area, or was it the turks, providing that excuse? Interesting timing to say the least. Wonder if its an Assad controlled group even…

      • oddly, I dont see any conspiracy stuff. Those are questions. Not sure you can tell the difference between the two anymore. Yes, false flag attacks are the domain of russia and trolls like you. And you’ve watched a little too much of Eddie Murphy Raw. You’ve taken the “always deny it” to an absurd level. Which is the part that I enjoy the most. Love seeing when you get ridiculous. But it does make me wonder how you personally feel when you know yourself your simply spreading lies and distorting the truth wherever you run into it. Bet your mom is proud of you. Seeing how successful her son has become. Brings a tear to my eye

        • I dont see any conspiracy stuff. Those are questions. Not sure you can tell the difference between the two anymore.

          There’s mush you don’t see, being such an adherent to US exceptionalism and imperialism. You still appear to be struggling with the definition of “conspiracy”. The 911 attack was a conspiracy as it relied on more than one person to carry it out.

          Yes, false flag attacks are the domain of russia and trolls like you.

          Actually they are a British invention, so it’s somewhat of a Western tradition.

          But it does make me wonder how you personally feel when you know yourself your simply spreading lies and distorting the truth wherever you run into it.

          What do you mean by truth? Unless you are living in Syria, you and I are both relying on versions of events reported or interpreted by others.

          Bet your mom is proud of you.

          My mother passed away 15 years ago, but stay classy.

          • stay classy, lol. Good thing she is dead then.

            “There’s mush you don’t see” True, I never see mush. Is that a siberian term? I may not be familiar.

            And wonderful dodge on every single point I made.

            You’re letting me down, no sharks, no lasers, just whataboutism. Snooze

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