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Syrian refugees walk at Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, Nov. 1. The U.N. refugee agency reports that currently about 100 Syrians return home nearly every day from Jordan. (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters) See ZAATARI-REFUGEES-DECISIONS Nov. 5, 2015.

Beirut- Syrian regime forces expanded on the eastern border with Jordan and curbed control of the Free Syrian Army whose factions stated on Saturday that the regime attacks are targeting Wadi Mahmoud, south east Damascus countryside.

Information contradicted regarding the regime advance to this strategic area. Lions of the East Army reported that fierce clashes are ongoing between the Free Syrian Army and regime forces in Wadi Mahmoud and Swaida countryside in an attempt by the regime forces to move forward to that region.

Reliable sources said that regime forces seized the region while Saad al-Haj, spokesman for Lions of the East Army, stated to Asharq Al-Awsat that the regime only advanced to regions where the tribal army backed off, denying an expansion in the border region.

“The conflicts zone is 17 kilometers away from the border with Jordan,” he added. Haj stressed that the strategic importance of this region is that it is near the border with Jordan. “The regime is bragging every time it advances in a hill,” he continued.

On the contrary, “Hezbollah” war media reported that the regime forces and its allies have laid hands over Ghadir Mahmoud and Wadi Mahmoud near the Saudi-Jordanian border.

The regime forces now have control over 40 kilometers of the eastern border line with Jordan, revealed Syrian Observatory director Rami Abdul Rahman. He declared to Asharq Al-Awsat that “the regime is mobilizing forces and conducting operations in that region to fully restore control over the border line with Jordan and to close faction outlets.”

Jordan and Syria share 370 kilometers land border.