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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Syrian government resume work to implement Kufriya and al-Fo'a agreement; United Nations call for safe passage to reach 140,000 displaced people in Southern Syria

Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Glory Jabr


Local and field developments:

The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Syrian government resumed work to implement the agreement to evacuate the residents of the towns of Kufriya and al-Fo'a (5 kilometers north of Idlib), in return for the release of 1,500 detainees in the Syrian government’s prisons, after stopping due to the Syrian government’s attempt to link the agreement with other files.

The commander of the Syrian Liberation Front, Hassan Sufan, said that they don't mind that the people of the towns of Kufriya and al-Fo'a return to their homes after the overthrow of the Syrian government. Sufan noted that the Syrian government is responsible for their displacement as part of its systematic policy in all Syrian regions.

Dozens of forcibly displaced people from villages, east of Idlib, demonstrated in front of a Turkish army's observation base to express their anger that Syrian government forces continue to seize their villages west of the railway that divides the eastern countryside.

The local council in the town of Has (34 kilometers south of Idlib) launched a project, in cooperation with the development program, to support 200 people with special needs to integrate them into society.

The head of the affiliation office of the Jaysh al-Azza, Rifaat al-Abbas, told SMART that the 16-year-olds are considered adults who were chosen to join the Jaysh al-Azza combat camps in Central Syria because they are singles.

The Jaysh al-Azza, which is mainly deployed in the governorate of Hama and belonging to the Free Syrian Army, announced the start of a military course for those aged 16 to 18 years under the name of “lion’s cubs of Jaysh al-Azza.”

The Syrian government arrested an elderly Palestinian woman on the pretext that her son affiliated with a military faction that was present in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.

The Syrian government forces employ the "settlement" process (decision on files of those who are prosecuted by security forces) with civilians and fighters in Daraa to obtain security and military information about the factions and activists.

The Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, accused of allegiance to the Islamic State, entered neighboring villages controlled by the HTS in Quneitra.

Local armed Bedouins clashed with fighters from the Syrian government's Fourth Group in the al-Suwayda governorate, Southern Syria. The clashes killed four fighters of the Fourth Group.   

The Asayish forces of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration closed the entrances of the village of Kediran (25 kilometers west of al-Raqqa), coinciding with a campaign of arrests of some people.

ISIS exploded a car in a gathering of the loyalist forces west of Deir Ez-Zor, killing some loyalist forces members and wounding others. The explosion led to the withdrawal of the loyalist forces from the region.

Political and international developments:

The Syrian National Coalition demanded the UN Security Council to refer the file of war crimes committed by the Syrian government, especially about detainees, to the International Criminal Court.

The National Commission for Detainees and Missing Persons in the Coalition said that the international community must deal with the continuing tragic situation in the Syrian government’s prisons with a sense of human responsibility and take a bold decision to refer the file of war crimes in Syria to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) appealed to all parties in Syria to provide safe passage to reach 140,000 forcibly displaced people trapped in Southern Syria to give them aid and shelter.

The UNHCR said that it is ready to discuss with the Syrian government and Russia on their plan to establish centers for returning Syrian refugees. The UNHCR stressed at the same time the need for their return to be safe and voluntary according to international standards.