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Residents of Kafraya and al-Fou'a leave their towns; Civil Defense is fearful of Russian hints about use of chemicals in Idlib

Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Freda Hocaine |
Translation: Glory Jabr

Local and field developments:

On Thursday, buses transported the last group of residents from the towns of Kafarya and al-Fou’a, 5 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria. The buses transporting prisoners from the Syrian government forces’ prisons are expected to arrive in the Idlib countryside through an exchange crossing in the al-Iss area, Southern Aleppo.

Activists reported that the evacuation started on Thursday at midnight, following the implementation of the agreement between Iran and the opposition faction Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The HTS allowed the evacuation of 15 injured people from Kafarya and al-Fou’a in return for the release of four prisoners from the Syrian government and its supporting militias' prisons in the towns, as a "gesture of goodwill".

On Wednesday night/Thursday morning, a car bomb exploded in the city of Dana (34 kilometers north of Idlib), without causing injuries.

The Kurdish People's Protection Units said that they targeted an arms depot belonging to the Sham Corps of the Free Syrian Army near the village of Atma, north of Idlib, on the Syrian-Turkish border, killing and wounding six fighters.

Gold traders and money exchange dealers went on strike against the insecurity and chaos in Idlib city, Northern Syria.

A charity announced its readiness to distribute free medicines for people suffering from chronic diseases in the city of Jisr al-Shughur, 30 kilometers west of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Personal dispute led to the killing of one person and the wounding of three others in Azaz city (43 kilometers north of Aleppo).

Local activists documented the killing of 26 civilians from Daraa, Southern Syria, in one day, most of them were killed by Syrian government forces.

In recent two days, Syrian government forces have begun the process of "settlement" (decision on the files of those prosecuted by security forces) in the governorate of Daraa.

The First Response Team pulled 450 bodies out from a mass grave in the city of al-Raqqa, which is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

In al-Hasakah, the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), which is the political umbrella of the SDF, said that they are "waiting for the Syrian government to show its seriousness on the issue of dialogue."

Political and international developments:

The Syrian Civil Defense said that Russian statements about the possibility of using chemical weapons in Idlib, Northern Syria, has raised fears.

Earlier, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia does not rule out the occurrence of provocations claiming the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Idlib. She based her speech on the arrival of large numbers of vehicles carrying volunteers and chemical specialists to join the ranks of the Civil Defense.

The National Coalition for the revolution and the Syrian opposition forces demanded the United Nations to open the file of war crimes committed by the Syrian government.

Reporters Without Borders Organization said that 25 journalists and activists had been killed in Syrian government prisons since 2011, after revealing the fate of Syrian-Palestinian photographer Nairaz Said, who died under torture in prison.