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Hundreds demonstrate under slogan "Topple Assad to build Syria" and demand to break Syrian government forces siege on Rukban Camp

Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2018/10/12 17:00

Field and local news:

On Friday, hundreds of civilians demonstrated all over the governorates of Idlib and Aleppo Northern Syria, under the slogan "Topple Assad to build Syria," demanding the international community to intervene for the break of the Syrian government siege on the Rukban Camp near the Syrian-Jordanian border (220 kilometers southwest of Homs).

The demonstrators in Idlib cried for toppling the Syrian regime and its head, Bashar al-Assad, and for the release of detainees from the Syrian government prisons. The demonstrators carried banners that expressed their solidarity with the forcibly displaced people in the Rukban Camp and demanding the international community and humanitarian organizations to pressure the Syrian government to lift the siege.

Also on Friday, dozens of civilians organized a protest in the village of Shir Maghar in the Shahshabo Mountain area, 50 kilometers north of Hama, Central Syria, in a Friday titled, "Topple Assad to build Syria," in solidarity with the Rukban Camp.

Alaa Fatrawi, a protester, reported that the protesters raised banners demanding the United Nations and the international community to take responsibility in saving the camp's residents. The demonstrators also demanded the release of detainees from the Syrian government prisons.

In the Aleppo governorate, two cluster shells left behind after an earlier Russian and Syrian government forces airstrike exploded, killing two children and injuring another.

Mohammad Yasser al-Makhzoum, the head of the Rif al-Muhandisin village local council, reported that the children, who were displaced from the village of al-Moshayrfah, Southern Aleppo, were herding sheep near the First Engineers Project area near the city of Darat Izzah (28 kilometers west of Aleppo) when the shells exploded. According to al-Makhzoum, the explosion killed one child and injured another.

In al-Raqqa, Eastern Syria, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) arrested former fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA's) al-Raqqa Rebels Brigade, which later joined the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their fight against the Islamic State (IS).

Local sources reported that the YPG targeted the al-Romaylah and al-Mashlab neighborhoods with a storm-and-arrest campaign after midnight, arresting more than 13 former fighters from the al-Raqqa Rebels Brigade.

Porters in the Syrian government forces-controlled governorates complained about the absence of a union that can protect their interests under the harsh working conditions that the porters suffer.

On Friday, Syrian government media reported the suffering of the porters, who work by the day for the Syrian government institutions and in the private sector, while the employers monopolize the fees.

In Southern Syria, the Syrian government's compulsory recruitment divisions in Quneitra informed the recruits of their date of enrollment in the Syrian government forces.

A local source reported that the recruitment divisions gave all the recruits, students and others, a time limit to enroll in the compulsory service, as the divisions had set the "Noob Course" for new recruits in March, 2019, and the "Raw Officers Course" in May, 2019.

International and political news:

On Friday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country would soon eliminate the "terror nests" in the east of the Euphrates River in Syria.

Speaking at a military ceremony in the Isparta province, Southwestern Turkey, Erdogan said, "We will root out the terror nests in the east of the Euphrates River in Syria soon," in an indication to the YPG.

In a statement published on Friday, the Amnesty International said that the "destruction and human devastation" are still present in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, a year after defeating the IS.

On his return from a field visit to Raqqa in Syria, Amnesty International’s new Secretary General Kumi Naidoo described the horrific destruction and utter human devastation he witnessed, one year after the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) used massive firepower to drive the IS out of the city.

The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces demanded the international community to take a quick measure and put direct pressure on the Syrian government to break the siege on the Rukban Camp near the Syrian-Jordanian border (220 kilometers southwest of Homs) and allow aid to enter without conditions.

In a statement published on Friday, the Syrian National Coalition said that the situation in the camp is deteriorating significantly, as about 70,000 forcibly displaced Syrians suffer under the tragic conditions of the siege that the Syrian government forces and their allied militias have imposed on the camp since last June.