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Syrian Liberation Front and Russia negotiate detainee exchange; Israel bombs T-4 air base in Homs

Editing: Abd Allah Al Darwesh |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Nouha Salti

Local and field news:

The Syrian Liberation Front entered negotiations with Russia in the town of Qalat al-Madiq, 45 kilometers northwest of Hama, Central Syria, regarding the exchange of detainees and captives.

A private source reported that the negotiations' purpose is to liberate more than 45,000 detainees from the Syrian government prisons in exchange for releasing loyalist forces detainees and members dead bodies held by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Syrian Liberation Commission.

A private source reported that the HTS is preparing a military operation in the towns of Kafraya and al-Fo’a, 8 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria, after the HTS failed to launch a military operation in Northern Hama. The source added that the HTS is trying to pressure Iran and the loyalist forces to end the so-called "four cities agreement" and release the detainees as agreed earlier.

In Hama, Bashir Hallaq, the head of the Civil Defense media office in the town of al-Hobeit, reported that the loyalist forces at in the Braydij checkpoint in Northern Hama targeted the village of A'bdin and its surroundings with more than 36 artillery and missile shells, injuring a young man and a child. The injured were transported to a nearby medical center.

An explosive device planted by unknown persons near the city of Jisr al-Shughur (32 kilometers west of Idlib) exploded, injuring four civilians, including two women. The injured were transported to a nearby hospital.

The Syrian Interim Government's Minister of Health, Firas al-Jundi, reported that about 50,000 cases of infection with Leishmania, in addition to other unidentified infections, were documented in Syria, adding that the Syrian Interim Ministry of Health will collaborate with local councils and humanitarian organizations to limit the infection and cure the disease.

Loyalist media outlets said that Israeli warplanes bombed the T-4 military airbase in the Homs countryside, Central Syria, killing Iranian fighters.

Loyalist media said that the Syrian national air defense units destroyed several missiles that targeted the airbase on Sunday night, and hit an Israeli warplane, forcing the attacking warplanes to abort the mission.

In Central Syria, eyewitnesses reported that the Syrian government's military, political and air security forces, in addition to the loyalist al-Shabiha militia, reinforced their checkpoints in the city of al-Rastan with fighters and heavy machine guns, fortified the checkpoints with barriers and barricades, and installed six new checkpoints in the al-Houla area, with no heavy armored vehicles.

Also in Central Syria, young men complain about the poor treatment they receive from the Syrian government officials at the Hama Recruitment Division, who insult the civilians and force them to pay bribes in order for their affairs to move forward.

Several young men, who preferred to remain anonymous, reported that they had to bribe the doorkeeper to allow them inside the building to tend to their affairs. Inside the building, they had to bribe the officers to move forward with their routine requests to postpone the compulsory recruitment.

In Southern Syria, opposition factions operating in the Quneitra countryside clashed with the loyalist forces, after the latter attempted to advance to the area.

Activists said that loyalist forces' members and the Hezbollah attempted to advance to the town of Mas Harah in the Quneitra countryside, clashing with the local opposition factions, which forced the loyalist forces to retreat.

Loyalist forces' vehicles and busses arrived at the Syrian-Jordanian border area to transport forcibly displaced families back to their homes, after the conclusion of a reconciliation agreement in the Daraa governorate, Southern Syria.

Activists said that hundreds of families returned to the city of Busra al-Sham using private cars and loyalist forces' buses, under the protection of the Shabab al-Sunnah Troop.

The Shabab al-Sunnah Troop, which belonged to the Free Syrian Army, agreed with Russia to hand over their heavy weapons in exchange for the troop to stay in the city for months.

In Northeastern Syria, American officials summoned the commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces' (SDF) al-Raqqa Rebels Brigade to question him near the town of Ayn Issa (48 kilometers north of al-Raqqa), after the commander was accused of contacting Turkish officials and Syrian opposition figures.

On Monday, a military source from the SDF reported that officials from the American base to the south of Ayn Issa summoned the brigade commander, Abu Issa, after obtaining information about his contact with Turkish officials and Syrian opposition figures, in addition to contacting Talal Sello, the former SDF spokesman who defected from their forces.

A campaign titled "Al-Raqqa is being silently slaughtered" published statistics documenting the killing of 772 civilians by International Coalition warplanes and SDF bombings. The civilians’ bodies were found in mass graves. Recently, the SDF launched a detention campaign in the village of al-Kazimiyah in the al-Raqqa governorate, killing two civilians.

The Initial Response Team pulled out dozens of dead bodies from a mass grave under the rubble of a destroyed building in the SDF-controlled city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

In al-Hasakah, a convoy of hundreds of vehicles carrying reinforcements from the International Coalition to the SDF arrived in the governorate in Northeastern Syria via the Simalka border crossing between Iraq and Syria.

Activists reported that a convoy of 500 Hummer armored vehicles and munition trucks came from the Iraqi Kurdistan region and arrived in the SDF-controlled areas in al-Hasakah.

Political and international news:

On Sunday, Lebanese civilians set fire to a Syrian refugee camp in the Akar area, Northern Lebanon, after an argument broke out between the Syrian refugees and Lebanese citizens in the area.

Activists reported that an argument broke out between Syrian young men and Lebanese citizens and developed into a fight with hands and sticks. During the fight, the Lebanese set fire to several Syrian refugee camps in the area.