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Egyptian military faction warns Hayat Tahrir al-Sham against detaining members in Idlib; tribal dignitaries and Syrian government representatives discuss forcibly displaced people’s situation in al-Rukban camp, Homs

Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2018/09/30 16:58

Local and field updates:

On Sunday, an Egyptian military faction threatened to respond to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s (HTS) detention of two of the Egyptian faction’s members in the city of Idlib, Northern Syria.

The Egyptian faction stated that the HTS fighters detained two of their members near the Sa’d mosque in front of the home of one of the members. The faction noted that the HTS did not press charges against the members before detaining them, which led the faction to demand to know the charges and see evidence.

Almost no civilians have shown up at the Abu al-Duhur crossing, six days after the Syrian government forces opened it as civilians refrain from returning to areas controlled by the Syrian government forces. The Syrian government forces arrested youths returning to their villages.

Tribal dignitaries and representatives of the Syrian government discussed the situation of the forcibly displaced people in the al-Rukban camp on the Jordanian border. The terms included allowing the treatments of patients after they reconcile with the Syrian government, recruiting youths, and displacing those who refuse the terms to Northern Syria.

Local activists reported that Russian warplanes and helicopters bombed the city of al-Lataminah in Northern Hama, Central Syria, 1,310 times since the start of the Russian intervention in Syria on September 30, 2015.

The activists of the al-Lataminah Youths Gathering added that Russian warplanes launched 172 airstrikes using cluster bombs and 108 airstrikes using phosphorous bombs. The activists added that Russian drones launched 45 airstrikes using highly explosive missiles and helicopters launched 16 airstrikes using (regular) missiles. The activists noted that Russian warplanes launched 969 airstrikes using guided and highly explosive missiles.

An artillery shelling from the Northern Latakia countryside hit the Syrian government forces outposts in the al-Ghab Plain area in the Hama countryside, in response to a Syrian government forces bombing on villages and towns in the area.

Minibus drivers went on a general strike in the city of Hama, which is controlled by the Syrian government forces. The drivers protested the prices of transporting passengers to the nearby city of Homs.

A local source reported that Russian troops set fire to a Syrian government forces checkpoint and detained the checkpoint members in a village in the Daraa governorate, Southern Syria. The Russian troops set fire to the checkpoint after local residents complained about it.

The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, added that the Russian troops set fire to a caravan at a Syrian government forces checkpoint at the entrance of the village of Umm al-Mayathen. The source noted that the Russian troops detained the members of the checkpoint, who belong to the military security branch of the Syrian government after the residents complained during a meeting with the Russians.

The Syrian government forces prevented people from Daraa from entering the nearby al-Quneitra governorate.

Local sources, who preferred to remain anonymous for security reasons, reported that the Syrian government state security checkpoint near the town of al-’Alia 43 kilometers north of Daraa, Southern Syria, prevented people on buses from crossing to al-Quneitra. The sources noted that the Syrian government forces did not reveal the reason behind the ban.

The Rijal al-Karama faction released bedouin women and children whom the faction detained in the city of al-Suwayda, Southern Syria.

The Syrian government Education Directorate appointed teachers specialized in fine arts to teach pupils in an elementary school in a village in the al-Suwayda governorate, Southern Syria, after the Syrian government dismissed specialized teachers for not joining their military reserves.

A well-informed source reported that a Syrian government Education Directorate decision closed the school of the village of al-Ghariya in the Southern al-Suwayda countryside for days due to the lack of teachers. The Syrian government dismissed the teachers earlier, forcing the school to close and the students to go to other schools to continue their education.

The Initial Response Team removed bodies of civilians in the city of al-Raqqa as local residents reported that additional bodies remain hidden beneath the rubble of a destroyed residential neighborhood in al-Raqqa, which is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

A bomb explosion killed an SDF fighter and injured two others near the village of Khaniz, 130 kilometers north of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

Four civilians died and a woman were injured in a traffic accident on the road from al-Qamishli to al-Malikiya in Northern al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria.

Activists reported that a taxi crashed into a truck transporting construction material, killing four civilians, including a child, and severely injuring the child’s mother. The mother was transported to the Khabat hospital in the city of al-Qamishli.

The National Defense Militia looted civilian property in the village of Buqrus Fouqani, which is controlled by the militia and the Syrian government forces, in Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.

A local source reported that a group belonging to the the militia, headed by Anas al-Muhammadi, looted 500 water tanks from houses in the al-Sarhan neighborhood in a village belonging to Nahiyat al-Mayadeen. The source added that the group sold the tanks for 5,000 to 10,000 Syrian pounds per tank, depending on its capacity.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported said that Russian troops have killed 6,239 civilians, including 1,804 children, in Syria since the start of the Russian intervention on September 30, 2015.