Syrian government soldiers arrived at the Nassib border crossing with Jordan in the southern province of Deraa. AFP / Mohamad ABAZEED
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South Syrian rebels agreed to give up arms in a Russian-brokered cease-fire deal Friday, rebel sources said, surrendering Deraa province to the government in another major victory for President Bashar Assad and his Russian allies. The Syrian government recovered the Nassib border crossing with Jordan, held by rebels for three years, state media reported, after an assault in insurgent territory along the frontier backed by Russian airstrikes. Rebel sources said Russia would guarantee the safe return of civilians who fled the government offensive in the biggest exodus of the war, with 320,000 people uprooted.Seven years into the war which has killed hundreds of thousands of people, Assad now commands most of Syria with his allies' help, though most of the north and a chunk of the east remains out of his hands.
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