Syrian government forces and its Russian allies announced an agreed ceasefire with rebels in the southwestern Daraa province at the start of the weekend, marking the latest victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
As part of the deal, pro-government forces have for the first time in three years taken control of the Nasib border crossing with Jordan, which once served as a flourishing trade route and benefitted the likes of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and the Gulf states.
While this is positive news for Assad and his allies, just 8 kilometres south of the Nasib crossing lies the Jordanian-Syrian Joint Industrial Free Zone, where thousands of internally displaced Syrians have fled the recent fighting, and have been left pinned between ongoing battles, airstrikes, and the sealed Jordanian border.
The United Nations estimated on July 5 that up 325,000 people had been displaced by the recent fighting, 59,000 of which had fled toward Syria's border with Jordan. This, in turn, led the international community to call for Jordan to reopen their border to those stranded by the fighting.