Large scale protests break out in al-Suwayda as Islamic State executes kidnapped woman; Russia provides Syrian government with S-300 missile system
Local and field updates:
On Wednesday, protesters blocked all roads to the city center of al-Suwayda, Southern Syria, demanding the release of the women and children kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS). Protests broke out after the IS executed one of the kidnapped woman.
Residents of al-Suwayda, Druze leaders, and fighters of local opposition factions blocked the roads near the governorate building belonging to the Syrian government with cars, rocks, and pieces of metal.
A Turkish military convoy entered the village of Kafr Lousin, 30 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria, near the Turkish border. The convoy entered to strengthen the Turkish observation bases in Northern and Central Syria.
Muhammad Rashid, the media office manager of the National Liberation Front, reported that the Turkish convoy included 40 heavy military vehicles including tanks and trucks carrying logistic equipment. Rashid added that the convoy headed to observation bases in the city of Mourek and village of Sheir Maghar, Northern Hama, and the al-Saraman and Ishtabraq bases in Idlib.
The Russian troops closed the Abu al-Duhur crossing, 45 kilometers east of Idlib, Northern Syria, which connects areas controlled by the Syrian government to the rest of the Idlib governorate. The Russian troops closed the crossing six days after opening it, and did not set a date for reopening.
On Tuesday, the Syrian government forces forced dozens of men that previously reconciled with the Syrian government in the city of al-Ruhaiba, Eastern Damascus, to join military service.
Teachers said that on Thursday, they will organize a strike in the city of al-Bab, 38 kilometers east of Aleppo, Northern Syria, to protest the low salaries they recieve.
Political and International Updates:
On Tuesday, Dimitri Piskov, the spokesperson for the Russian Presidency, stated that Moscow provided the Syrian government with an S-300 missile system.
Piskov added that the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu informed President Vladimir Putin about the matter during a meeting with members of the Russian National Defense Council to discuss the situation in Syria, according to Russian media outlets.
Malaysian police detained the Syrian youth Hassan al-Qantar, who has been stuck at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport for seven months. The police will contact the Syrian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to extradite Qantar.
The BBC reported the Malaysian Immigration Manager as saying that the Royal Malaysian Police will submit Qantar to the Immigration Directorate after interrogating him.