Nikki Haley: Russia will be responsible for escalation on southern Syrian border with Israel and Jordan
The US envoy to the UN has condemned the cease-fire violations on the southern Syrian borders with Israel and Jordan.
In a statement Friday, Ambassador Nikki Haley said “The Syrian regime’s violations of the ceasefire in southwest Syria need to stop. We expect Russia … to use the influence it has to stop the Syrian regime’s violations and any further destabilizing actions in the southwest and throughout Syria.
“Russia will ultimately bear responsibility for any further escalations in Syria,” added Haley.
The statement said the US had negotiated southwest area de-escalation ceasefire with Russia “to de-escalate the conflict, save lives, create conditions for the safe and voluntary return of the displaced, and ultimately to move toward a peaceful political settlement in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.”
Syrian activists say Assad forces are keeping up their pressure on the country’s strategic southwest, using artillery, airstrikes and barrel bombs to target rebel-held parts of the region.
Government helicopters have dropped more than 12 barrel bombs in the province of Daraa on Friday.
Last July, the United States, Russia and Jordan negotiated a truce for the region, which borders Jordan and the Israeli Golan Heights.
The calm began to unravel in recent weeks, prompting U.S warning of “serious repercussions” for truce violations. Washington didn’t elaborate.
Syrian activists say 16 people have been killed in government strikes since Tuesday, including nine children.