Russia: Lavrov says Syrian troops only should control southern border

Damaged buildings are seen at the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus Syria

Damaged buildings are seen at the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus Syria

It is understood that, for its part, Israel agreed to accept the return to the border of soldiers loyal to Assad'd regime; while Russian Federation will guarantee that no Iranian or Hezbollah forces return to the area.

Jordan said on Monday it was discussing south Syria with Washington and Moscow, and all three agreed on the need to preserve the ceasefire, which reduced violence since they brokered it a year ago. "We believe that there is no place for any Iranian military presence, anywhere in Syria". Israeli forces have carried out increasingly intense strikes against Iranian targets in Syria in recent weeks and in the process have inflicted serious damage on the Assad regime's air defences.

A Syrian state-run newspaper says Damascus will keep fighting the country's rebels - or "terrorists" as the government calls opposition fighters - despite USA warnings against a new offensive in southern Daraa province.

The US has also warned Assad not to move troops into the region.

The report indicated that Iran used Jordan as a go-between to relay a message to Israel, saying it would not operate in southeastern Syria near the border with Jordan.‎.

Furthermore, they said that Israel made clear to the Iranians they should not become involved in fighting close to the Israel-Syria ceasefire lines in the Golan and the Israel-Jordan border.

It was the first time since 1974 that there had been clashes over the Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, setting in motion a rush for mediation to prevent further outbreak. "The Iranians provided assurances that their ‎forces would not operate alongside the Syrian ‎military in the offensive", a senior Jordanian official who took part in the ‎mediation efforts told the Saudi website.

Israel and Russian Federation have reached an unofficial agreement that Iranian and Hezbollah forces should be kept off from the border on the Golan Heights, Israel's Hadashot TV news reported on Monday.

Israel's has long said it would not allow Iran to gain a permanent military foothold in Syria.

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