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Syrian army enters strategic town near Jordanian border

A view shows houses in the Laja area in southwestern Dera’a province, Syria, in this handout photo released on June 25, 2018. (By Reuters)

Syrian army forces have regained control of the Laja area in Dara’a Province from the Takfiri terrorists, the first major gain in its liberation operation in the southwestern areas near the Jordanian border.

Media run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that the Syrian army troops had managed to push the Takfiri Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorists out of the area, including the strategic town of Busra al-Harir.

On Saturday, Syrian government forces liberated the villages of al-Bustan and al-Shumariya in Dara’a’s eastern countryside.

Syria’s southwest region is strategically sensitive because of its proximity to the frontiers with both Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The territory’s return to the Syrian government control would cut the much-reported collaboration between Israel and militants and deal a blow to Tel Aviv’s plans to consolidate its grip on the Golan Heights, which has been used by the regime to treat wounded militants for years.

‘Thousands flee fighting towards Jordan’

Meanwhile, the United Nations said that at least 45,000 people are heading towards the border with Jordan amid intensified fighting in Dara’a.

Bettina Luescher, spokeswoman of the UN's World Food Program said WFP expected that the number of displaced people nearly double with an escalation in violence.

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