Syria army widens southwest offensive, United Nations says 45,000 flee


Syrian state-run news agency SANA, which routinely accuses Israel of helping rebels, said the strikes came as Syrian forces made advances against rebels in the southern province of Daraa. Fighting escalated in southern Syria Tuesday with government forces pushing deeper in the southern Daraa province under the cover of airstrikes as residents said they are living in extreme fear and many have fled their homes with the United Nations estimating that 45,000 people have been displaced over the past week.

The WFP had provided food to 30,000 people, and plans to deliver more in the coming days over the border from Jordan, she said.

Two Israeli militias targeted on early Tuesday a position near Damascus worldwide airport, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syria troops advanced against rebels in the south on Monday, in a almost a weeklong offensive that has displaced thousands and triggered US condemnation.

The Zionist occupation has recently increased its airstrikes and missile attacks in several areas across Syria.

The Syrian government has accused Israel of supporting the "terrorist groups" in Syria, saying that attacks have been launched in their favors.

The majority are fleeing from the eastern parts of Daraa province south towards the sealed border with Jordan, which has said it can not absorb any more refugees.

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Jordan said on Sunday it could not absorb a new wave of refugees across its border.

Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said aid officials were "deeply concerned" for those fleeing the fighting and heading toward the sealed border with Jordan. "The regime achieved its most significant advance since last Tuesday" when it ramped up its bombardment of rebel positions in Daraa, the Observatory said.

President Bashar al-Assad is aiming to restore control over a strategically vital part of Syria at the borders with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, building on his military's momentum elsewhere in the seven-year conflict.

The executive director of the U.N children's agency UNICEF, Henrietta H. Fore, said Wednesday that violence in southern Syria has displacing thousands of children in just three days and killed at least four. The U.S. has called on Moscow to adhere to a de-escalation agreement for the region reached past year.

Syrian state television reported that the attack claimed no casualties, only caused material damage. Besides pinning the blame on Israel, Syrian state TV provided no further details on the alleged strike that took place on Monday night.

SANA said the strike is part of Israel's support for the opposition fighters amid their "major losses" in the south and elsewhere in Syria.