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Regime targets the city of Duma with chlorine, injuring 21 civilians and SDF tries to infiltrate Northern Aleppo

Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Rand Raslan


Turkey - SMART

Field and local developments:

The Civil Defense confirms that 21 civilians were injured, most of them children and women, as a result of the chlorine bombardment on the city of Duma, 14 km east of the Syrian capital Damascus.

The civil defense said in their statement to SMART that the bombing targeted the residential neighborhoods of the city with shells, not specified type, loaded with gas. Its teams relieved the injured to medical centers and evacuated families from the target location for their safety.

Five members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed and others wounded in clashes Jabhat Al-Shamiya of the Free Syrian Army, during the SDF’s attempt to infiltrate into two villages in the Azaz area in Northern Aleppo.

The director of the Information Office of the operations Ahl Al-Diyar room, Shaem Arvad said in a statement to SMART that the SDF members tried to infiltrate the Free Syrian Army zones in the villages of Maherin and Kafr Khashr on Sunday night - Monday morning. Clashes broke out between the two sides, which resulted in the killing of five members of the SDF and wounding others, and wounded others, in addition to the murder of one fighter from Jabhat Al Shamiya

On Sunday, SDF accused the Turkish army in the bombing of the district of Reyhanlı in the Turkish state of Hatay at the border with Syria.

Civilians were killed as a result of airstrikes targeting residential areas in Khan Sheikun in Idlib, Northern Syria.

The Civil Defense said on its Facebook page that two bombardments by warplanes on Khan Sheikhan killed three civilians, including a child, and wounded others who were taken to nearby medical points.Besides, fires broke out in the property, and the civil defense teams rushed to extinguish them.

The center of the country the Women's Union of Homs opened a Women's Empowerment Center in the city of Rastan (23 kilometers north of Homs), where it offers nursing courses, beautification, literacy, sewing, and wool works.

On Sunday the president of the Federation, Ibtisam Al-Mahmoud, told SMART that the nursing course has launched in coordination with the Civil Defense.She noted that the number of participants each session ranging between 20 and 35 women.

Political and international developments:

* On Sunday the head of the Executive of the “Northern Syrian Federation,” Fawza al-Yusuf, said that the attack on the Afrin region of Aleppo, is, of course, the result of the Russian-Turkish agreement.

Al-Yousef explained in a statement to SMART" In this way, the Russians cannot play the role of guarantor of the solution in Syria ... We say that the Russian position will lead to disaster in entire Syria and not only in the north of Syria.

* On Sunday An official in the "Kurdish National Council" that the elements of the military wing of them, "Rojava Peshmerga" (Peshmerga West Kurdistan) they will defend Afrin if they were present in the area, but the "Democratic Union Party" who are preventing them.

The secretary of the party Democratic Left, one of the components of the National Kurdish, Shalal Kaddu, said in a statement to SMART that the "Rojava Peshmerga" has repeatedly sought to enter the area, but the Democratic Union Party has always prevented this goal from being achieved.

* The  French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday that France would not be able to resolve the Syrian issue alone.

Le Guerre said in an interview with Newspaper, Le Figaro: the Russians cannot solve the Syrian issue on their own, and Syria should be rebuilt someday, and their means will not suffice.

For his part, the British Special Representative of Syria, Martin Longen said in a statement that the international community would not assist in the reconstruction of Syria, except until a real transition away from Al-Assad.

* The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mouloud Jawish Oglu accused France of standing by the Kurdish People's Protection Units after calling on the Security Council for an emergency meeting to discuss developments in Syria.