Civilians flee fighting in southern Syria

Civilians seeking safety near Daraa in southern Syria
Civilians seeking safety near Daraa in southern Syria
By Mark Armstrong
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The UN is warning of a humanitarian disaster as the government continues its offensive to gain control of rebel-held Daraa


In Syria, displaced families are seeking a safe haven at a camp close to the border with Jordan. Facilities are lacking or basic at best.

The United Nations says the number of people uprooted has more than tripled to 160,000 over the past two days.

People are living in tents; what belongings they could carry are strewn around, and there are no toilets.

But for the families, it is safer than staying in our around the city of Daraa in southwestern Syria.

A government offensive to recapture rebel-held southern provinces began last week

Activists say at least 17 civilians have been killed in an air strike on a basement shelter, claiming five children were among the victims.

The UN is warning of a humanitarian "catastrophe" with civilians trapped in a siege situation,

Jordan said a new ceasefire had been agreed on Friday - but the US State Department couldn't confirm it and described the situation as "grim".

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