Syrian rebels in south agree to resume talks with Russian Federation

Smoke rises in Deraa area Syria in this handout released

Syria, Russia resume airstrikes after cease-fire fails

Government forces will continue to advance at the Nassib border crossing as part of its strategy to fight the rebels, AMN reported.

Israel struck a Syrian village in Quneitra on Friday, causing no casualties, after a shell launched from there landed in the buffer zone, the Israeli military said.

The deal is to be rolled out across rebel-held areas of Deraa in phases, but there is no timeline as yet, said Abu Shaima, spokesman for an operations room for rebels under the Free Syrian Army banner.

A brief collapse of the talks on July 4 ushered in a blitz of Russian and Syrian air strikes, barrel bombs, and missiles, following a pattern Russia and Syria have pursued repeatedly to regain control over rebel territory.

Jordan once again stepped up, and officials announced shortly thereafter that they'd agreed to return to the talks in the evening.

"We agree on an immediate cessation of hostilities on both sides to have a new round of negotiations".

Hussein Abazeed, spokesman for the south's joint rebel command, accused Russian Federation of pursuing a "scorched-earth policy" to force rebels back to the negotiating table.

Assad's next target in the southwest appears to be rebel-held areas of Quneitra province at the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where fighting between insurgents and the government escalated on Friday.

He accused Russian Federation of pursuing a "scorched earth policy" to force rebels back into negotiations.

As rebels made their announcement, bombardment died down across swathes of the south, according to an AFP correspondent on the outskirts of Deraa city and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

"Thanks to the efforts of Russian officers, militants in Busra al-Sham have handed over a battle tank, an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and an artillery gun to government forces".

Under such deals, rebels hand over heavy weapons, local police take control of the area and government institutions resume working there.

Shortly afterwards, an Al Jazeera reporter on the ground saw a convoy of about 10 army trucks with Russian and Syrian flags entering the strategically important Nassib border crossing, held by the rebels for three years.

More than 30 rebel towns have agreed to fall back under regime control through these agreements, doubling the government's hold on Deraa province to around two-thirds.

Its recapture is expected to bring renewed trade with neighbouring Jordan.

Southwest Syria was declared a de-escalation zone past year by Russia, Jordan and the United States.

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