BEIRUT – The UN Human Rights Commissioner warned Friday against a "disaster" in southern Syria, where government forces are on the offensive against insurgents forcing more people to leave their homes in poor areas nearby live the border with Jordan in miserable conditions.
Syrian state TV said troops in the main village of Ibtah in the southern province of Daraa after oppositional gunmen surrender their weapons and asked to be included in an amnesty. They broadcast live footage of government troops entering the village.
Syrian troops marched in the south of the country, one of the country's last rebel-held areas, under the guise of air strikes and intense shelling.
The Government The Syrian Central Military said that except Ibtah, rebels had abandoned their weapons in the nearby villages of Tafas and Dael. Rebels in the villages Umm al-Mayadeen, Naseeb, Saida and Tiba have also agreed to surrender, they said.
Opposition activists reported violence, even during a 12-hour ceasefire reportedly brokered by Russia and Jordan The UN announced earlier this week that 50,000 people have been displaced, many of them heading for the border Jordan, where it was said, would keep its borders closed for fleeing people.
UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called on all parties to the conflict to stop the escalating violence in Daraa and avoid a repeat of "the bloodshed and suffering earlier this year" in the eastern suburbs of the capital, Damascus. The Jordanian prince said there was a great risk that many civilians were caught in the intensified fighting, caught between government forces on the one hand and rebels on the other and members of the Islamic State Group on the other. Zeid said his bureau has received reports that civilians at some government checkpoints could only go to government-controlled areas for a fee.
The Lebanese television channel Al-Mayadeen, who has a reporter with Syrian troops in Daraa province, said The government opened three border crossings for civilians in rebel areas who want to come to the other side. The same method was used earlier this year in the suburbs of Damascus when tens of thousands of civilians fled to the side of the government.
Rami Abdurrahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war observer, said five people have died near the border with Jordan in recent days, some of snake and scorpion bites.
The observatory said that since the beginning of the government's offensive 98 civilians, including 17 children, and 67 soldiers and pro were killed government soldiers and 54 insurgents
"Some people sleep under trees, others in their cars and some build tents" said Jalal al-Ahmad, an opposition activist in southern Syria near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights
The Israeli military said it had delivered about 60 tons of humanitarian aid and medicines to thousands of displaced Syrians in the Golan Heights who were fleeing Syrian government troops pour heavily into the area  Israel has been sending aid across the border for several years, providing medical care to thousands of Syrians who reached the border with the Golan Heights controlled by Israel
The military says it will Do not allow Syrians to enter Israel.
A video released by the Israeli military shows soldiers carrying relief items in trucks on the Israeli-controlled side and carrying the cargo into vehicles from unknown people on the Syrian side of the border.
Associate Press writer Ian Deitch contributed to this report from Jerusalem.
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