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Children walk past rubble of damaged buildings at Ain Tarma, eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta. , Syria, July 19, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh)

Beirut- Syrian regime forces and their allies managed to capture on Thursday areas at the borders of Souweida province with Jordan, a movement considered as bypassing the west southern truce signed under a US-Russian-Jordanian patronage, including the countryside of Deraa.

“The Syrian regime-linked Team 15 in addition to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah have already reached the Syrian-Jordanian borders and controlled the areas of Bi’r Saboun-Tal Assada, reaching the entire Abu Sharshouh border crossing and border posts,” the German news agency quoted sources in the countryside of Souweida as saying.

Also, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday that the advancement made by the Syrian regime forces and their allies has ended the presence of opposition factions at the Syrian-Jordanian border, inside the administrative borders of the Souweida province.

According to the Observatory, “with this advancement, the factions are now left with no external access in east and southeast of Syria, except for a border strip on the southeast border of the Damascus countryside with Jordan, in addition to a border strip with Iraq extending over the provinces of Damascus countryside and Homs, which includes al-Tanf border crossing between Syria and Iraq.”

Meanwhile, regime forces intensified their attacks on the Jobar neighborhood in Damascus and other areas in the Ghouta area using surface-to-surface missiles despite an agreement ratified last month in Cairo under an Egyptian-Russian brokerage to involve the city of Deraa.

The Observatory also spoke about regime forces airstrikes in the areas of al-Manasher, Zhahab, Taldo and Kfarlaha in addition to other areas in the Houla region.

“Warplanes targeted at least two villages in the Houla area causing material damage, without information about casualties, in the first such strike on the northern countryside of Homs since the Egyptian-Russian truce was put in effect last Aug. 3.”

Meanwhile, opposition-linked websites reported that several civilians were killed by the intensified regime forces shelling on the region of Houla in the countryside of north Homs, despite an announced truce in the area.