Israel bombs Syrian government forces’ outposts; 45 people killed and injured in airstrikes in Idlib
Field and local updates:
On Tuesday, Syrian government media outlets reported that Israeli warplanes bombed Syrian government military outposts in the governorates of Homs, Hama, and Tartus in Central and Western Syria, killing members of the forces. The media outlets did not specify the identity of the killed members.
The media outlets reported a Syrian government military source as saying that aerial defense systems shot down five of the Israeli missiles that fell on the Wadi al-’Oyoon area in Hama, and five missiles that fell near the town of al-Nasira and village of Dahr al-Qasser.
The Civil Defense documented the killing of 14 civilians and injury of 31 others due to suspected Russian airstrikes on the Jisr al-Shughur district in Western Idlib, Northern Syria.
The Civil Defense published a report saying that 46 airstrikes, which activists suspected to be Russian, killed 14 civilians and injured 31 others, including women and children, in 20 towns and villages in Jisr al-Shughur. The report noted that the airstrikes hit three schools and a market.
On Wednesday, a Syrian government forces’ shelling injured two children in the town of Heish in Idlib, Northern Syria.
On Tuesday, hundreds of families fled the Jisr al-Shughur district, 30 kilometers west of Idlib, due to the intense Russian and Syrian government forces’ bombings.
The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced that the UN Security Council will hold a session to discuss the recent situation in Idlib on Friday.
On Tuesday, the Head of the Turkish Red Crescent Dr Karim Kenk visited the city of Idlib to supervise the work of the Turkish Red Crescent center in the city, and to talk with residents and forcibly displaced people in Idlib.
A land mine exploded against a bridge that connects areas controlled by the National Liberation Front with areas controlled by the Syrian government forces in Western Hama, Central Syria.
On Tuesday, missiles fell on the city of Aleppo, Northern Syria, injuring two people.
Also on Tuesday, security tension rose in the city of Azaz, 43 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria, after Turkey dismissed the director of the police and general security troops as well as other officers.
Local activists reported that the dismissal came after the Police Director Abu Omar Zeidan refused to release officers of the military police being detained in Azaz. The activists added that the detained police officers claimed that Turkish soldiers were involved in corruption.
On Tuesday night, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units attacked a headquarters of the Third Legion of the Syrian National Army in the village of Qatmah near Afrin in Aleppo, Northern Syria.
Also on Tuesday night, a bomb exploded in the city of Manbij, Eastern Aleppo, Northern Syria. The explosion coincided with a shooting against a patrol of the al-Thuwar Army belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces.
On Tuesday, a member of the National Defense militia belonging to the Syrian government forces was killed in clashes with Iranian militias in the city of Albukamal, Eastern Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.
A local source reported that the clashes erupted after the Iranian militias prevented the members of the National Defense militia from looting properties near the al-Rahman mosque in Albukamal.
On Tuesday, the Negotiation Committee met a Russian delegation in Daraa, Southern Syria, to discuss issues related to the procedures of the reconciliation agreement that both sides reached in the governorate.
Adnan al-Masalmeh, the coordinator of the Negotiation Committee delegation, reported that the committee met a Russian delegation headed by Lieutenant General Sergei, who is responsible for the Southern Syria file. Al-Masalmeh added that both sides discussed the issues of prisoners, education, employees, and the Syrian government forces’ violations against the reconciliation agreement.
Political and international updates:
On Tuesday, the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar called upon the United States to put pressure on Kurdish militants to leave Syria during talks with the US special envoy to Syria James Jeffery in Ankara.