Bombardment by government forces hit Syria's Eastern Ghouta for a third straight day, bringing the civilian death toll to nearly 200, according to monitors. The UN has warned that the situation in the rebel enclave is spinning "out of control".
France has sent humanitarian aid to a government-controlled area near Damascus after Russia agreed to facilitate its delivery. It's the first joint humanitarian aid effort in Syria between Russia and a Western country.
Humanitarian agencies at the Jordanian border confirmed that tens of thousands of civilians were returning home. The Syrian army offensive on Daraa province had left 320,000 people displaced.
Jordan's government has closed its border to refugees fleeing the war in southern Syria, instead launching a national aid drive to help those trapped. The policy has drawn harsh criticism on social media.
Washington and Moscow criticize each other for the failure of a truce near Syria's capital, Damascus. Residents remain trapped in the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, while humanitarian convoys remain on standby.
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