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Court in Maarrat al-Nu'man pardons 20 prisoners; residents shop in markets of Qamishli as Eid al-Adha approaches

Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2018/08/20 09:03

Local and field news:

On Sunday, a court pardoned 20 prisoners in the city of Maarrat al-Nu’man in Southern Idlib, Northern Syria.

Mustafa Rahal, the head of the court, which belongs to the Syrian National Liberation Front, stated that the pardon is due to the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, which starts on Tuesday. Rahal noted that the pardon will enter into force on Monday.

The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) released the head of the local council of the town of al-Zirbah, south of Aleppo, Northern Syria.

Local activists reported that the HTS released Sha’ban al-Mustafa, the head of the local council of al-Zirbah after 13 days of detention in an HTS prison in Idlib. The activists did not know the reasons behind al-Mustafa‘s arrest.

The prices of sheep and cattle remain stable as the demand decreases in cities and towns in Northern Homs, Central Syria, as Eid al-Adha approaches.

Local sources reported that the price of sheep per kilo ranged between 1,250 and 1,350 Syrian pounds. The sources added that the price is the same as last year.

Farmers’ profits decrease by half in areas outside Syrian government control in Northern and Western Hama, Central Syria, as the Syrian government forces continue to keep the Qal’at al-Madiq crossing closed.

A farmer from the town of Kafr Nabudah, who introduced himself as Abu Hamza, said that the profits of his crops of eggplant and pepper were reduced by half and he will only earn 2 million Syrian pounds after the closing of the crossing.

In Northeastern Syria, the Asayish forces of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration issued security procedures in their controlled areas to prevent explosions during Eid al-Adha.

The Asayish stated that they prevent motorcycles, including military motorcycles, vehicles, and unlicensed vehicles from entering the areas through special crossings from Aug. 20 until 22.   

Residents of the city of al-Qamishli shop in the markets of the city, 75 kilometers north of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria.

Ravin Issa, a resident of al-Qamishli, said that prices of clothes this Eid are cheaper compared to the prices last year due to the low value of the Turkish lira. The majority of the clothes are imported from Turkey.

The Kurdish Autonomous Administration is about to finish a project to pave a road that leads to a cattle market in the village of Alaiya in al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, at the cost of 30 million Syrian pounds.

The engineer Zaki Sa'dou, the head of the studies department in the al-Qamishli western and eastern municipalities, said they only have to provide the final layer of asphalt to finish the project.

International and political news:

The President of the Progressive Socialist Party in Lebanon, Walid Jumblatt, sent letters to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense to discuss the case of the women kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) in al-Suwayda, Southern Syria.

The Progressive Socialist Party's media commission reported that Jumblatt focused in his letters to Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Shoygu on the case of the kidnapped women from al-Suwayda. Jumblatt expressed his support to the Russian efforts to release the kidnapped women.