A Syrian state-run newspaper stated Monday that the federal government will preserve combating “terrorists” regardless of U.S. warnings in opposition to a brand new offensive in opposition to rebels in southern Dara’a province, whereas Russia stated Syrian troops ought to deploy within the nation’s southwest, close to Israel.
Russia’s Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov stated Syrian troops must be positioned on the border with the Golan Heights, which have been occupied by Israel for the reason that 1967 Mideast warfare. The realm between Dara’a and the Golan Heights has emerged as a flashpoint in a wider standoff between Israel and Iran, and the USA has warned it should take motion to guard a cease-fire there.
The Al-Baath each day stated in an editorial revealed Monday that the U.S. menace underscores the “soiled American position within the terrorist warfare” in opposition to Syria. It burdened that the Syrian military was decided to retake all elements of Syria.
The USA, Russia, and Jordan agreed final yr to incorporate Dara’a in a “de-escalation zone” and freeze the strains of battle there. However the space has been tense following a collection of current Israeli strikes on Syrian and Iranian forces. Iran is an in depth ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and its advisers are embedded together with his troops.
Israel has warned it won’t tolerate a everlasting Iranian navy presence in Syria. Earlier this month, it carried out a wave of airstrikes in response to what it stated was an Iranian rocket assault on its positions within the Golan. It was probably the most critical confrontation between the regional archrivals thus far.
Lavrov instructed reporters in Moscow that “the settlement on forming a de-escalation space in southwestern Syria envisaged the eventual withdrawal of all non-Syrian forces from this a part of Syria.”
He added that the Russian and U.S. militaries have maintained common contacts on the problem.
“The results of the continued work must be a state of affairs during which troops of the Syrian Armed Forces can be stationed alongside the Syrian border with Israel,” he stated.
Syrian authorities forces not too long ago dropped leaflets on rebel-held areas in Dara’a, warning of an imminent offensive and urging the insurgents to put down their arms.
The Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV, which has reporters embedded with Syrian troops, stated the military is sending reinforcements to southern Syrian in an obvious preparation for an offensive.