Syrian Forces Cut Rebel Supply Artery at Jordan Border

(Ynet News-Jerusalem Post) Ron Ben Yishai - The capture by Assad forces of Daraa and the Nassib border crossing with Jordan to the south is a serious blow to the Sunni rebels. The rebels received supplies and reinforcements from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf nations through Jordan, which also allowed the Americans and the British to support the Syrian rebels with advisors and aid from its territory. Now, all of that is over. The Syrian army has closed the door on the land aid route to the rebels in the south. The rebels in Quneitra, opposite Israel, have now been cut off from their main supply artery from Jordan, and they too will have to sign a surrender mediated by the Russians. Only small forces of Hizbullah and Shi'ite Iraqi militias sent by Iran took part in conquering Daraa. Their small numbers show the Russians were attentive to Israel's demands and warnings. Assad's next target appears to be rebel-held areas of Quneitra province in the Golan Heights at the frontier with Israel, where fighting between insurgents and the government escalated on Friday.

2018-07-09 00:00:00

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