Syrian President Assad began a brutal attack on the Syrian province of Daraa. Thousands of Syrian refugees are running towards the Israeli border for safety.

What is going on?

A ceasefire agreed upon by Russia, Jordan, and the United States was protecting the south of Syria until now, which included the Daraa province.

It seems like President Assad has now gone against that ceasefire with a massive assault on Daraa. Airstrikes are devastating the city and killing many civilians.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that “there are rockets, barrel bombs and Russian and Syrian air strikes hitting rebel areas of Daraa, particularly the Daraa al-Balad neighborhood”.

The death toll of civilians over the past week is now 56.

Refugees

Around 50,000 people have been displaced by the Syrian regime’s airstrikes on Daraa.

Thousands of Syrians are fleeing to the Jordanian border and the Israeli border to escape the military bombardment.

The Jordanians have closed the border to Syrian refugees. Jordan already has taken in around 600,000 Syrian refugees. They are causing a huge strain on the country.

Many of the Syrian refugees are running to the Israeli border on the premise that it will be safe. They don’t plan on crossing into Israel. But they believe Assad won’t bomb them so close to Israel, fearing Israeli counter-attacks.

News Report on the Situation in Daraa, Syria