>> Syrian troops are pounding one of the last rebel held pockets in the south of the country. These pictures from the Syrian State TV came as government forces widened a major offensive against rebel fighters in a strategically important area that borders Jordan and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.
At least 45,000 people are fleeing towards Jordan, but the kingdom, already home to up to 1 million Syrian refugees, says its borders will remained sealed. The attacks fueling concerns of a new wave of displacement in a conflict that's already uprooted 11 million people.>> We are deeply alarmed by the report in recent days of escalating hostilities in Daraa Governorate in southwestern Syria which are putting an estimated 750,000 people in danger.
There are reports of deaths, injuries, including among children, due to the increased fighting and bombardments from the air.>> Daraa is often called the cradle of the country's uprising. It's where some of the first peaceful protests began in 2011 before they turned deadly. It became a symbolic focal point for a protest movement that spread across the state.
Rebels have been in control here for years. Russia is backing the Syrian president as he presses ahead with the offensive despite US warnings. Washington brokered a de-escalation deal with Moscow last year in the southwest. There's no sign though of action to stop President Assad. Free Syrian Army rebels showing Reuters a message sent to them from Washington, saying they shouldn't expect military support.