240 Hayat Tahrir al-Sham fighters leave Eastern Ghouta, and Jaysh al-Islam denies stopping negotiations with Russia

تحرير حسن برهان | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 27 مارس، 2018 9:00:02 م تقرير دوليعسكريسياسي تهجير

Local and field updates:

240 Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) fighters exited from Eastern Ghouta to go to Northern Syria as part of an agreement between the al-Rahman Legion of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Syrian government forces.

On Tuesday, Wael Alwan, the spokesman of the al-Rahman Legion, stated to SMART that 240 HTS fighters exited from the middle part of Eastern Ghouta along with the first and second groups of civilians.

The al-Rahman Legion also released 28 captives from the Syrian government forces in the city of Irbin, Eastern Ghouta.  

On Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that 13,000 civilians and al-Rahman Legion fighters left Ghouta for Northern Syria.

The Ministry added in a statement broadcasted by the news channel Russia Today that 6,749 internally displaced persons (IDPs) left Irbin city on Monday alone, noting that the Red Cross and officers of the Russian reconciliation center secured the exit process.

13 buses entered Ghouta to transport the fourth group of IDPs to Northern Syria.

Syrian government media outlets reported that the buses will transport 831 IDPs, including 189 fighters, out of the cities of Irbin and Zamalka, the town of Ain Tarma, and the Joubar neighborhood in Eastern Damascus.

On Tuesday, the local councils of cities and towns in Northern Aleppo, Northern Syria, said that they prepare to shelter the IDPs from Ghouta in empty apartments.

The Aleppo governorate council head of media, Abu Thaer al-Halabi, told SMART that they are preparing to shelter the IDPs from Ghouta in coordination with the local councils of the city of Anadan, the towns of Hayan and Haritan, and the villages of Kafr Hamra and Maarrat al-Artik in Northern Aleppo. Al-Halabi added that they will also cooperate with the local council of Harasta and the Rif Dimashq governorate council to shelter the IDPs.

On Tuesday, Muhammad Alloush, a commander and member of the political office in Jaysh al-Islam, denied that they stopped negotiations with Russia about the fate of the besieged city of Douma in Ghouta.  

The unofficial media channel of the Russian military air base Hmeimim posted on their Facebook page that the Russian deadline in Douma has ended. Alloush commented, "[The militia] Shabiha runs the [Facebook] page, and this is not in defense of the Russians, as they [the Shabiha militia] has committed many crimes."

Alloush added, "These news fall within the Syrian government and the Shabiha war against Ghouta and its people, so many people do trust the news of the page as an official source, but the truth is the opposite."

On Tuesday, the Civil Defense of Rif Dimashq reported that the Russian and Iranian backed-Syrian government forces' military campaign on Ghouta has killed 1,433 civilians so far.

The Civil Defense posted statistics on Facebook showing that the military campaign on Ghouta has killed 904 men, 223 women, 291 children, and 12 Civil Defense volunteers in the period Feb. 19 to Mar. 23, 2018.

On Monday night and Tuesday morning in Northern Syria, Turkish artillery and warplanes shelled the outposts of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian government forces in the city of Tall Rifat and the village of Um Housh in Northern Aleppo.

A military commander in the Third Division of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Rami Abu Bahjat, stated to SMART that for the first time, Turkish warplanes bombed the YPG outposts in the villages of Um Housh, al-Wahshia, and Ihris. Abu Bahjat added that Turkish artillery also shelled Syrian government forces’ outposts near the city of Tall Rifat.

A Turkish military delegation entered Tall Rifat to complete negotiations with the Russian troops about the upcoming battle in the area.

Commander Abu Bahjat denied to SMART that Russia has handed Tall Rifat over to the Turkish forces, noting that the Turkish delegation entered the city to continue negotiations in preparation to hand it over to Turkey.

On Tuesday, suspected Russian airstrikes and Syrian government rockets killed a woman and injured two civilians in al-Naqir village, 55 kilometers south of Idlib, Northern Syria. Local activists reported to SMART that suspected Russian warplanes bombed the village four times. Syrian government forces in Breidij checkpoint north of Hama also shelled the village, killing a woman, injuring two civilians, and destroying six homes.  

On Tuesday, fuel finally entered Northern Hama through the crossing of Murek town, 27 kilometers north of Hama, Central Syria, after a month of severe shortages.

The general administration of the Murek crossing said in a statement that 85,000 liters of petrol and 48,000 liters of diesel entered the area and it is the first fuel to enter following a month of severe shortages that caused fuel prices to rise significantly in the area.

In Eastern Syria, the Islamic State (ISIS) killed and injured dozens of Syrian government forces and supporting militias in an attack on their outposts in Eastern Deir ez-Zor.

On Tuesday, activists reported on social media that ISIS fighters infiltrated government forces’ outposts near the town of al-Ghabra in al-Bukamal city, 124 kilometers east of Deir ez-Zor, killing and injuring government forces’ members.

The Oil Ministry of the Syrian government offered a Russian oil and gas company the right to extract phosphate for 50 years from the city of Tadmur east on Homs, Central Syria.  

The contract, which the ministry signed with the Russian company Stroytransgaz, states that the two sides will share the amount of annual production, which is estimated at 2,2 million tons. The total reserve is estimated at 105 million tons. The contract also states that the Syrian government's share is 30 percent, and they should pay all production costs and fees, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.

In Southern Syria, dozens of protesters demonstrated against the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Inkhel city, 44 kilometers north of Daraa, Southern Syria. The protesters called upon the HTS fighters to leave the city.

Activists reported to SMART that the protesters took to the streets following news about the Syrian government forces' wish to launch a military operation in the city. The activists noted that most of the protesters were from the eastern neighborhood of Inkhel, which is near the base of the 15th brigade of the Syrian government forces.

The administrators of the al-Bayan school of martyrs and detainees’ children in the city of Nawa, 40 kilometers north of Daraa, Southern Syria, complained about the shortage of financial support, which threatens to shut down the school.

Murad al-Numrini, the secretary of the school, stated to SMART that 43 teachers have not received salaries since the start of the second school term. Al-Numrini noted that the school needs one million Syrian pounds per month to meet material needs and costs of student transportation.

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