Despite previously negotiating a deal with the rebels in the opposition held-enclave of Daraa, the Syrian regime has broken the agreement and besieged that city. According to the UN, at least 250,000 people have fled the area due to the government's offensive which began in late June.
The new round of talks between the rebels and the Russian army, the Assad regime's ally, will determine whether rebels will withdraw from Deraa to opposition areas, Idlib, or accept a return to state rule.
Opposition activists say at least four people killed in Syrian government air raids targeting areas to the east of Deraa city. Both the Syrian Army and the rebels accuse each other of breaching the agreed-upon ceasefire between the rebels and Russia on Friday, 6th of July 2018.
Renewed assault in southwestern regions of Daraa and Quneitra in Syria comes a day after Syrian rebels and Russians failed to agree on a ceasefire deal. SOHR reported that dozens of crude barrel bombs have been dropped on the region by Syrian and Russian aircrafts.
The United Nations has expressed its deep concern with the Syrian Government's offensive in Southern Syria. The Army's battle against Deraa rebels has displaced 270,000 people in Syria's south, with thousands stuck at Jordan border.
At least 45,000 people have fled the intensified fighting in the southern Syrian province of Deraa near the border with Jordan, UN says. The Deraa province is one of the last rebel-held areas in Syria.
Following the alleged chemical attacks in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, doubts remain over whether the US-led air strikes destroyed Assad's entire chemical weapons stock as the SAA turn their sights on Deraa.