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Opposition military factions plan to form new entity in Northern Syria; Syrian government forces confiscate forcibly displaced people’s properties in Homs

Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Local and field updates:

On Sunday, military sources reported that military opposition factions plan to form a new military entity in Northern Syria. The new entity is like the al-Fath Army and includes the major military factions in the area.

Fires broke out in forests and agricultural fields in the Afrin area, north of Aleppo, Northern Syria. The fires burned down dozens of acres as the Civil Defense attempted to extinguish the fires.

On Sunday, the Syrian government forces seized the town of al-Shajara, which activists describe as a major stronghold of the Islamic State-affiliated Khalid Ibn al-Walid Army in Daraa. The Khalid Army’s leverage in Southern Syria is negatively affected by the Syrian government’s seizure of al-Shajara.

Unknown gunmen assassinated a Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander in the city of Ankhel, 45 kilometers north of Daraa, Southern Syria.

The Syrian government’s aerial intelligence services summoned the people who signed the reconciliation agreement in the city of Nawa in Daraa for recruitment.

The Syrian government forces confiscated forcibly displaced people’s properties in Northern Homs, Central Syria. The people refused to reconcile with the Syrian government and prefered to evacuate for Northern Syria under an agreement imposed by Russia.

The unified local council of the Nahiyat al-Ziyara in the Hama governorate, Central Syria, refused reconciliation with the Syrian government and loyalist militias. The local council called Turkey to establish monitoring outposts in the area.

On Sunday, a Syrian government forces’ shelling and ammunition explosion killed two children in two villages west of Hama.

Activists reported that the Syrian government forces stationed in the Jourin base shelled the edges of the village of Jisir Beit al-Ras, killing a 15-year-old.

The activists added that a 23mm bullet exploded, killing a child in the village of Bridij, which is controlled by the Syrian government forces, in Hama.

The Syrian government forces shelled the city of al-Lataminah, 25 kilometers north of Hama, injuring a fighter of the al-Izzah Army of the FSA.

Children of prisoners and victims of Russian and Syrian government bombings suffer in difficult living conditions due to the loss of their father in addition to family dispersion, pushing the children to sell goods and beg in the street to make a living.

On Sunday, the prices of vegetables increased by 40 percent in the city of Hama under presumably due to the high cost of irrigating summer crops.

On Sunday, the Initial Response Team in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, exhumed dozens of bodies from beneath a building in the al-Badou neighborhood, after residents complained about the bad odours in the area.