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The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss the Syrian army s Russia-backed offensive against rebel groups that has forced some 300,000 people to flee, diplomats said.

Sweden, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency, requested the closed-door meeting along with Kuwait, Swedish diplomats said Tuesday.

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The United Nations estimates that between 270,000 and 330,000 Syrians have fled since June 19 the ongoing bombings in the southwestern province of Daraa.

For Thursday s meeting, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs will report to the 15 Council members about the humanitarian situation in Daraa, which borders Jordan.

The increased violence “indicates yet another failure by the parties of the conflict to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure,” Sweden s UN mission said.

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