Islamic State attacks in as-Suwayda kill 200 people with 40 still missing; Syrian government releases list of 1,000 prisoners tortured to death
Local and field updates:
On Wednesday, the death toll of the people killed in the Islamic State’s (IS) attacks in the as-Suwayda governorate, which is controlled by the Syrian government forces in Southern Syria, rose to 400, most of whom were civilians. 40 people are still missing, including women and children.
The Syrian government forces hanged an IS member following the IS’ sudden attacks in the city of as-Suwayda, Southern Syria, and activists reported that there are 67 bodies of IS members in the national hospital of as-Suwayda. The activists added that the IS members blew themselves up or were killed in clashes with the Rijal al-Karama and people of as-Suwayda.
IS media outlets published photos showing the body of a pilot from the Syrian government forces along with the wreck of his warplane, which the Israeli Army brought down after the warplane violated the air space over the occupied Golan Heights.
The Syrian government forces seized the village of Ain Zakir near the border with the occupied Golan Heights in Daraa, Southern Syria, following clashes with the Khalid Ibn al-Walid Army, which is affiliated with the IS.
An official in a prisoner registry office in the city of Daraya in the Rif Dimashq governorate said that they received information that the Syrian government released a list of 1,000 prisoners from Daraya who were tortured to death in Syrian government prisons.
The Ain Issa municipality of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration discovered a mass grave with 45 bodies of Syrian government forces killed by the IS in al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria. The municipality discovered the graves west of the Brigade 93 base.
Opposition figures in the independent entity of the Riyadh 2 Conference launched a campaign to fire Khalid al-Mahameed, a member of the entity and High Negotiations Committee. Marwan al-Oush, a supporter of the campaign, said that they have evidence that proves al-Mahameed is involved in platforms and agendas that damage the Syrian revolution.
On Wednesday, a major explosion went off in an ammunition warehouse belonging to the Turkistani Islamist Party in the village of Halouz, west of Idlib, Northern Syria. The warehouse is close to a Turkish monitoring outpost in the village of Ishtabraq. A fire started in cellulose material used to make explosives, then expanded to include the entire warehouse.
Women held a conference in the city of Azaz, 43 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria, to establish an organization to deal with women's affairs and empower women in politics, economy, culture, and society in general.
Unknown gunmen killed Amin Hasan, a member of the Shabiha loyalist militia. The gunmen prevented Hasan from attacking them with a grenade following a dispute in the city of Masyaf in Hama, Central Syria. Hasan is considered one the most dangerous members of the Shabiha militias in Misyaf, and was involved in several murders, thefts, and kidnappings.
Civilians demand the Syrian government forces to allow shops to stay open at night in the city of Hama, Central Syria. The civilians believe it will decrease crime in the city, which increased due to the lack of regulation by the Syrian government security services.
Political and international updates:
The Russian news agency Sputnik reported that a delegation of the Russian Defense and Foreign Ministries is visiting Syria and in contact with Jordan. Sputnik added that the delegation will visit Lebanon on Thursday to meet President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The delegation will discuss the situation in Syria and the issue of Syrian refugees’ return to their country from Jordan and Lebanon.