Free Syrian Army fighters prepare to raid a house in Daraa May 16, 2013. Picture taken May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Thaer Abdallah
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The Syrian army intensified its aerial bombardment Friday of southern Syria as opposition fighters were preparing to launch a wide offensive in a province bordering Jordan, activists said.The Local Coordination Committees opposition network and an anti-government activist in the area said air raids and government shelling in the southern province of Daraa killed at least two people Friday.Daraa is where Syria's uprising started nearly three years ago with anti-government protests that later spread throughout the country.The rebels tried several times over the past two years to reach the capital but were crushed by Syrian troops.The Syrian army has been reinforcing its positions in Quneitra as part of an effort to dislodge rebels from the area that is near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.In Geneva, meanwhile, the United Nations' refugee agency called on countries to make commitments to provide resettlement for an additional 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 and 2016 .
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