‘Everyone Is Running For His Life’: 160,000 Displaced By Regime Offensive In Southern Syria

“Fadi Masalmeh is having to make decisions a nurse should never have to make.

As southern Syria is battered by air strikes, the latest front in a devastating civil war, his hospital is overwhelmed.

“We cannot help the wounded and we have to choose whose life we can save and who we can’t,” Masalmeh told NBC News via voice message on Friday. “I saw people dying in front of me and I couldn’t do anything for them.”

The United Nations estimates at least 46 civilians have been killed and many more injured since June 17 when the government launched sustained artillery and aerial shelling in the rebel-held areas of the Deraa province.

At least 160,000 people have been displaced, the U.N. said.

Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power launched
attacks on the rebel-held southwest last month after defeating the last remaining insurgent pockets near the cities of Damascus and Homs.

President Bashar al-Assad is aiming to restore control over a strategically vital part of the country at the borders with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, building on his military’s momentum elsewhere in the seven-year conflict.

Assad is pressing the offensive despite warnings from the United States, which has been seeking to uphold a “de-escalation” deal it brokered with Moscow in the southwest last year.

Washington had warned Assad of serious repercussions, but there has been no sign of action to stop him.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump will have a detailed discussion about the war-torn country when they meet in July.”

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