Russia: Lavrov says Syrian troops only should control southern border

Russian Federation has agreed to Israeli demands that Iranian-backed militias be held back from the border with the occupied Golan Heights, according to Israeli television.

Syria is planning offensives against rebels in the southwestern area of the country, near the Jordan border.

Following Lavrov's statement, the Israeli PM asserted that there is no place for Iran's military forces in Syria.

A Syrian state-run newspaper says Damascus will keep fighting the country's rebels - or "terrorists" as the government calls opposition fighters - despite US warnings against a new offensive in southern Daraa province.

The territory is covered by a ceasefire agreement signed previous year between the US, Russia and neighbouring Jordan.

Fearing that a fight between Israel and Iranian troops within Syria could undermine the position of fighters loyal to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, Moscow has called for all non-Syrian fighters to move away from Syria's border with Israel and Jordan.

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It was the first time since 1974 that there had been clashes over the Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, setting in motion a rush for mediation to prevent further outbreak.

Reports suggest that Syria's government, which has been reinforced and supported by Russian Federation, is preparing for a major offensive against rebel groups in the area bordering Israel.

According to the report, the understandings were ‎reached in a series of indirect meetings in Jordan, ‎where Iranian officials, including the envoy to ‎Jordan, met with top Jordanian officials, who in turn ‎met with senior Israeli security officials.‎. The report said a Jordanian mediator carried messages between the sides.

One participant told Elaph that the Iranians "arrived at a quick agreement" that its forces would not intervene in fighting near the Golan Heights and the Israel-Jordan border, surprising the Israeli representatives.

Israel's has long said it would not allow Iran to gain a permanent military foothold in Syria.

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