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Members of loyalist forces east of Damascus killed and taken prisoner and vital facilities out of service due to bombing

Editing: Hasan Borhan |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2018/01/03 21:59

Field and local developments:

On Wednesday, the factions of the Battle of Harasta, most notably the Islamic Ahrar al-Sham Movement, offered members of Syrian loyalist forces to surrender in exchange for detainees in the prisons of the Syrian government. The members are trapped in the Armored Vehicle base, of which the factions gained control and reassured the members of loyalist forces that they will be safe if they surrender.

The factions arrested 11 members of the loyalist forces during clashes between the two sides in the vicinity of the Armored Vehicle base in the city of Harasta, 9 km east of Damascus.

An exclusive source told SMART that members of the loyalist forces surrendered to the factions in the Ajami district of Harasta. No other details were added.

On Wednesday, the Army of Islam also revealed that 40 members of the loyalist forces were killed in four consecutive days of clashes in the eastern towns of Eastern Ghouta.

The spokesman for the Army of Islam, Hamza Birqdar, told SMART that they had resisted the attempts of the loyalist forces to advance in the towns of Hazrama, Zarkiya, Nashabiya, Bulaliyya and Beit Naim, killing 40 of them and destroying two T72 tanks in four days.

On Wednesday, artillery and air raids from the loyalist forces killed five civilians and wounded 15 others in cities and towns of Eastern Ghouta.

On Wednesday, suspected Russian warplanes killed two civilians and injured others and a hospital went out of service in the city of Maarat al-Nu'man, 35 km south of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Activists said that warplanes raided the city, killing one civilian and injuring ten others. The wounded people were transferred to nearby medical clinics in the area.

On Wednesday, a suspected Russian airstrike damaged a bakery in the city of Saraqib, 12 km east of Idlib, Northern Syria. The bakery serves 66,000 people, but was forced to shut down after the bombing.

The head of the local council of the town and the director of the bakery, Muthanna Mohammed, told SMART that a suspected Russian warplane launched a missile attack on the bakery and damaged parts of it.

On Wednesday, the Free Health Directorate of Hama announced that the Martyr Hassan al-Araj Hospital in the city of Kafr Zita, 38 km north of Hama, has shut down as a result of suspected Russian air force bombing.

The Directorate said that yesterday evening, Russian warplanes launched five raids on the hospital with five high-impact vacuum rockets, damaging the building of the hospital and the ambulances and generators. No casualties were reported.

According to an activist in the region, suspected Russian warplanes launched raids on the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-controlled village of Anz, east of Hama, Central Syria, wounding two civilians. The activist refused to disclose the point that they were relieved to after the warplanes destroyed most of the centers and medical clinics in the region.

On Wednesday, an Islamic State landmine exploded in the city of Al Bab, 38 km east of Aleppo, Northern  Syria, killing a child and wounding five others.

Many people in the city of al-Mu’adamiya, 10 km west of Damascus, expressed their dissatisfaction with the loyalist forces’ recent imposition of the decision to paint the Syrian government’s flag, white, black and red, on shop facades. The shop owners have responded in fear of the government’s threats to punish owners if they did not paint the flag.

Hundreds of facades were painted after threats from the Fourth Division of the government. The Division told the city municipality to circulate the decision and to warn those who refused that they would close their shops with wax and impose sanctions on them.

On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the crew of one of its helicopters, which fell on Dec. 31, 2017, was killed between Homs and Hama, Central Syria.

According to a Russian news agency, Sputnik, the ministry issued a statement saying that the MI24 helicopter fell due to a technical failure, killing the two pilots.

The Hama Governorate Council has rejected the Syrian Dialogue Conference due to be held in Sochi, Russia. The council also called on all parties to boycott the conference and adhere to international resolutions.

The director of the Free Hama Governorate Council, Nafie Barazi, told SMART that the Sochi conference is hosted by Russia, which participates in crimes against the Syrian people and supports the Syrian government.