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Syrian government opens al-Quneitra dams that provide Jordan with water; Syrian Democratic Forces suggest forcibly displaced people dig trenches in al-Raqqa

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Editing: Mohammad Alhaj |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Local and field updates:

On Thursday, the Syrian government opened the dams in the al-Quneitra governorate, Southern Syria that provides Jordan with water. The Syrian government opened the dams following an agreement with Jordan to open the Nassib-Jaber border crossing last Monday.

The Syrian government opened the dams despite damage to their structure and the small amounts of water, which the local agriculture depends on.

Clashes erupted between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Islamic State (IS) in Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria. The SDF said that their fighters killed 15 IS members. The SDF added that the IS killed two SDF fighters and injured seven others in the clashes.

The clashes between the SDF and IS coincided with International Coalition airstrikes on homes that the IS seized earlier.

The SDF prevent forcibly displaced people (FDP) in the camp of Ayn Issa, Northern al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, from finding work outside the camp. The SDF suggest that the FDP work by digging trenches in areas controlled by the SDF.

Organizations for women’s rights and violence against women revealed that the rate of crime against women increased in the al-Hasakah governorate, Northeastern Syria, in September 2018. The groups operating in areas controlled by the Autonomous Administration recorded four cases of violence against women.

The administration of the Deir Ballut camp in eastern Afrin, Aleppo, demolished structures built without permits during the implementation of a plan by the Turkish Avad Organization, amid FDPs’ protests.

The Free Syrian Army arrested a kidnapping gang in the city of Afrin. Two prisoners escaped from a prison belonging to the Police and General Security Directorate in the city of Azaz, Northern Aleppo, Northern Syria. Members of the Police and General Security Forces chased the prisoners attempting to arrest them.

The local council and Dignitaries Council in the village of Kafr Aweed in Southern Idlib, Northern Syria, dissolved without revealing the reason behind the dissolution.

The administration of a school in the Syrian government-controlled town of al-Sayyida Zainab, Southern Damascus, expelled students who failed to pay their tuition fees.