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Russia says that it can't force Iran to leave Syria; explosions kill and wound people in Northern Syria

Editing: Abd Allah Al Darwesh |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Glory Jabr

Local and field developments:

On Monday, a motorcycle explosion wounded two civilians in the town of Basouta in Afrin, Aleppo, Northern Syria.

Activists said that unknown men placed mine in the motorcycle and parked it near a restaurant in the town. The motorcycle later exploded, wounding two civilians. The injured were transferred to a nearby medical clinic.

A motorcycle bomb killed a Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) fighter near the town of Maarat Misrin, 10 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Activists reported that the security force of the HTS suspected a motorcycle near the al-Ram checkpoint on the road of Maarat Misrin. The motorcycle exploded while the fighter was trying to dismantle it, killing him immediately.

An explosive device exploded in a car belonging to members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) west of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

A source from the Asayish forces of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration (Rojava) told SMART that the explosive device killed two SDF members and wounded another after targeting their car on the road leading to the al-Tabaqa military airbase.

A Syrian government committee transported bodies of loyalist forces' members from the town of Ayn Issa, Northern al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, in coordination with the Rojava.

A source from the Rojava's Ayn Issa municipality reported that a Syrian government committee consisting of 13 members entered the town to transport the bodies of 75 loyalist forces members killed earlier by the Islamic State (IS).

The Syrian government forces intensively bombed the city of al-Lataminah in Hama, Central Syria, causing material damage only.

Activists said that the Syrian government forces bombed the city and its surrounding farmlands using more than 60 artillery shells, rockets, and mortars, coinciding with heavy machine guns from the checkpoints and nearby headquarters without causing casualties.

The free Hama Health Directorate, Central Syria, issued a decision requiring medical workers to issue work permits within 20 days.

The Directorate statement directed the doctors, pharmacists, medical professionals of all kinds and the drug stores and laboratories, asking them to visit the Directorate for the necessary licenses in 20 days from the date of issuing the circular.

The prices of real estate and house rentals have increased in the city of Hama, Central Syria, due to real estate agents' manipulation of the real estate market in the city, amidst the absence of Syrian government regulations.

The agricultural yields declined in Northern Homs, Central Syria, due to the lack of rain.

A farmer, who introduced himself as Abu Azzam, said that he planted 10 acres with wheat and lost it due the delayed rainy season. He lost 50,000 Syrian Pounds (SYP), which led him to offer his land as pasture.

Several residents and displaced people in the city of Jarabulus, 100 kilometers northeast of Aleppo, Northern Syria, complain about an official decision to remove shopping stands and vendor carts from the city streets and sidewalks.

Hassan Abu Ahmad, a shopping stand owner, reported that his stand is his only source of income under the current difficult living conditions, calling on the concerned authorities to provide a substitute if the decision aims to organize and maintain traffic.

Political and international developments:

The Russian Ambassador to Israel, Anatoly Victorov, revealed that Russia couldn't force Iran to leave Syria.

On Monday, Victorov said that the repeated request by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, of the need to expel the Iranian forces and their allies from Syria is unrealistic. Victorov added that "the Iranian presence in Syria is legislated by the principles of the United Nations," according to the French news agency AFP.

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said that Russia regrets the United States' refusal to participate as an observer in the Astana 10 talks in the Russian city of Sochi.