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Syria conflict: fierce fighting in southern city of Daraa

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By Euronews
Syria conflict: fierce fighting in southern city of Daraa

<p>In Syria, heavy clashes have continued between government and opposition forces in Daraa.</p> <p>Footage uploaded online showed shelling and airstrikes in the southern city. </p> <p>Rebel guns have largely been silent in southern Syria for more than a year, but fierce fighting reportedly began on Sunday. The opposition is believed to have launched the offensive in a bid to obstruct an attempt by the Syrian army to seize a strategic border crossing with Jordan and territory which would split the city. </p> <p>Meanwhile, Russia’s Sergei Lavrov and the UN’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Misturu met in Moscow on Thursday. </p> <p>The meeting came as representatives from Syria, Turkey, Iran, Russia and the United Nations gathered in the Kazakh capital Astana for a fresh round of talks on the Syrian peace process. </p> <p>Lavrov is due in Bonn later for a G20 meeting, where he is set to meet new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.</p>