Hayat Tahrir al-Sham clashes with Syrian Liberation Front in Northern Syria, and Jayroud committee withdraws from negotiations with Russia
Local and Field Updates:
New clashes erupted between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Syrian Liberation Front in Idlib, Northern Syria after a week of a ceasefire. Both sides used heavy weapons in villages in the two areas of Ariha and Maarat al-Nu’man amidst mutual shellings.
The local council of the town of Al’is (25 kilometers south of Aleppo) said that the HTS prepares to open a trade crossing with Syrian government forces in the area despite the residents' refusal to this action.
In Central Syria, the HTS killed three members and injured others of government forces in two infiltration attacks against government outposts near the village of Taqsis in Southern Hama.
The local committee of the city of Jayroud in the Eastern Qalamoun area withdrew from negotiations with Russia following two incidents of unknown shooters opening fire at houses of members of the committee and burning the municipality building in the city.
Government forces heavily bombed the residential neighborhoods outside of government’ control in the city of Daraa.
In Northeastern Syria, suspected Russian warplanes bombed Islamic State (ISIS) outpost in Bi’r al-Ahmar area near the city of al-Bukamal in Deir Ez-Zor, killing two ISIS fighters, injuring two others, and starting a fire in the outpost.
Political and Internationally Updates:
On Thursday, the United States Defense Ministry (Pentagon) said that the U.S. policy towards ISIS in Syria had not been changed. The head of joint staff committee of Pentagon said,” we have always thought that we would change the level of our existing in Syria once we eradicate ISIS, and from this point on, nothing has been changed on the ground.”