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Jaysh al-Islam denies agreement with Russians and typhoid fever spreads among displaced persons in al-Hasakah

Editing: Hasan Borhan |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Rand Raslan


Field and local developments:

On Monday, Jaysh al-Islam denied the evacuation agreement with Russian from its controlled areas in Eastern Ghouta.

Russian media quoted the Deputy Chief of the Chief Operating Room of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Stanislav Haji Mammadov "Jaysh al-Islam expressed its readiness to hand over the heavy weapons and withdraw from Eastern Ghouta. Jaysh al-Islam’s withdrawal is expected soon."

The head of the political bureau of Jaysh al-Islam, Mohammed Alloush said in a statement seen by SMART that "these rumors are a psychological war. He stressed that they sent their denial to the Russian media, but they did not publish it."

The second group of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Eastern Ghouta arrives at the crossing of Qalat al-Madiq (42 kilometers northwest of Hama), Central Syria.

The group consisted of 84 buses carrying 5,314 IDPs accompanied by the Syrian Red Crescent, including six ambulances. Several humanitarian organizations received the IDPs and transferred them to temporary shelters in Aleppo and Idlib.

The residents of the city of al-Atareb (30 kilometers west of Aleppo), Northern Syria, participated in a campaign called to raise the readiness of welcoming the IDPs of Eastern Ghouta.

Dozens of civilians went to the local council in the city of Atareb to assist the IDPs, providing food and mattresses. Some families donated their land for camps while others gave their empty houses to receive the IDPs, according to activists of the area.

A security source in the Asayish forces of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration reported that the Kurdish People’s Protection Units handed over seven detainees to the Syrian government forces. The detainees had been imprisoned in the city of al-Tabaqa, Western Raqqa, and were accused of belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS).

The anonymous source reported that two vehicles belonging to the Syrian government’s intelligence service transferred the detainees, who were accused of belonging to the  Islamic State, under the supervision of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, to Aleppo. There is no additional information on this transaction.

On Monday, the Economic Authority of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in al-Hasakah, Northeast Syria, issued a decision to reduce the cost of transportation fares and the profits of some foodstuffs, under penalty of monetary fine for each violation.

The Economic Authority reduced the transport fee from 300 Syrian pounds to 150 Syrian pounds, according to a statement posted on its official website.

Dozens of internally displaced persons in the camp of the town of al-Hol in al-Hasakah, North-east Syria, have been infected with typhoid fever, while two medical officials said that the situation is under control.

The two doctors in the Kurdish Red Crescent reported to SMART that there were no deaths among the sick.

On Monday, a woman was killed and other civilians, including a child, were wounded in a landmine explosion. The landmine had been planted by the Kurdish People Protection Units in a residential building in the city of Afrin (43 kilometers north of Aleppo), Northern Syria.

Local activists reported to SMART that mines from the remnants of the Kurdish People Protection Units exploded in a residential building in the neighborhood of Ashrafieh in the city of Afrin.

Two children also killed by a landmine exploded in the Ras al-Ayn area in al-Hasakah, Northeast Syria.

The Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad issued a law to set up specialized courts on information and communication crimes, amid fears that the Syrian government will exploit the law to prosecute its opponents through the Internet.

According to official media of the Syrian government that al-Assad has issued a law to establish courts specializing in information and communication crimes in each province in Syria, including the prosecution and public investigation, and what the resolution described as “crimes of information related to the crimes of rationing, financial, terrorist or related to the security of the state, from the jurisdiction of the courts competent.

Activists expressed their fear that the security services of the Syrian government would use this decision to give legal cover to pursue its opponents and increase the restriction of freedom of expression and spying on civilians.

On Monday, the Karama Men faction assassinated a drug dealer in as-Suwayda province. The drug dealer had confessed his involvement in the assassination of their former leader, Sheikh Wahid al-Balaos.

The Karama Men reported in a statement that they assassinated Ahmed Jaafar as vengeance to the deaths of Sheikh al-Balaos, his companions, and 50 civilians, all of whom were killed by bombings in front of the National Hospital in September 2015.

Economically, the Salvation Government operating in the areas controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the management of the Mork-crossing, Northern Hama set up different prices for the domestic gas cylinder in regions beyond the control of the Syrian government forces in Northern Syria.