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Staffan de Mistura to resign in November; Syrian government and FSA prepare to open Morek and Qalat al-Madiq crossings in Hama

Editing: Hasan Borhan |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Glory Jabr

Field and local news:

The Syrian government forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions have begun the preparations to open the Morek and Qalat al-Madiq crossings. The two crossings separate the Syrian government-controlled areas in the countryside of Hama from the FSA-controlled areas in the countryside of Idlib.

On Wednesday, an exclusive military source from the National Liberation Front told SMART that they have launched the preparations to open the crossings, without specifying what the preparations consist of. The source added that the crossings may open on Wednesday or Thursday.

A colonel of the Syrian government forces met with former commanders of the FSA at the General Intelligence Directorate in the city of Jasim, 40 kilometers north of Daraa, Southern Syria, to request an end to attacks on the Syrian government forces checkpoints.

On Wednesday, a local source who preferred to remain anonymous reported that the meeting was held after unknown persons fired at a Syrian government forces checkpoint near Jasim on Tuesday night and fled after the attack. No casualties were reported during the attack.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that the Syrian government prevents forcibly displaced people (FDP) from returning to their homes in neighborhoods of Damascus and towns of Rif Dimashq.

On Wednesday, the HRW reported that Syrian FDP tried to return to their homes in the town of Daraya (7 kilometers west of Damascus) and the neighborhood of al-Qaboun in Damascus. However, the Syrian government forces illegally prevented them from reaching their properties.

Residents of neighborhoods controlled by the Syrian government forces in the city of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, left their houses due to the destruction and lack of basic services. The residents rented new houses in other areas in the city.

The Syrian Democratic Forces announced killing 12 Islamic State members during clashes in Eastern Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.

On Tuesday, the local council in the city of Jarablus, 120 kilometers northeast of Aleppo, Northern Syria, established a commerce and industry chamber to include 124 traders and industry workers from the city. The council held elections to select members of the chamber.

On Wednesday, the former manager of the Sajo Camp near the city of Azaz, 43 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria, said that the police and opposition factions face difficulties withdrawing their weapons from the camp, after the deadline for the withdrawal expired.

On Wednesday, a bomb explosion killed a civilian and injured another as the former tried to disarm it in the village of Masaran, 30 kilometers south of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Political and international news:

On Wednesday, the United Nations special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, announced that he will resign from his post at the end of next November.

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry announced that 279 Syrian Civil Defense members who were evacuated from Syria to Jordan went to Western countries for resettlement.