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Initial Response Team retrieves new bodies from al-Raqqa; Syrian government forces attempt to advance in Hama

Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Nouha Salti

Local and field news:

On Sunday, the Initial Response Teams (IRT) of the al-Raqqa civil council retrieved new bodies from the mass grave of the al-Panorama neighborhood in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

The IRT forensic expert reported that they retrieved 12 bodies, including the bodies of two children. The IRT identified three of the bodies, handed them over to their families, and buried the remaining bodies in the Tal Baia (al-Shuhada) graveyard.

Unknown persons stole more than $20 thousand during two robberies in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria. Locals fear further robberies.

On Sunday, the International Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) admitted to bombing a mosque in the town of al-Susa near the city of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria. The International Coalition justified bombing by saying that the IS used the mosque as a military headquarter.

The International Coalition warplanes bombed the Othman bin Affan mosque in al-Susah, 120 kilometers southeast of Deir al-Zor, killing 40 people, including eight civilians, in addition to Iraqi IS members.

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) repelled a Syrian government forces' attempt to advance to the perimeter of the village of Khirbat al-Naqoos, 67 kilometers northwest of Hama, Central Syria. The attempt violated the Russian-Turkish demilitarization agreement in Northern Syria.

Captain Naji Mustafa, the spokesperson for the National Liberation Front (NLF), said that the Syrian government forces attempted to infiltrate the NLF outposts on the perimeter of Khirbat al-Naqoos, but NLF fighters repelled the attempt using light and medium weapons.

On Sunday, the Syrian government forces arrested six men in the city of Hama, Central Syria, for compulsory recruitment.

A source reported that the Syrian government forces arrested the men, which were aged between 35 and 40 years, at checkpoints in the neighborhoods of Aleppo Road, al-Qusur, and al-Arba'een. The source added that the Syrian government forces transported the men to the Military Police headquarters.

In Homs, unknown persons stole binders and chairs from the Um al-Qura School near the city of Talbisah, 8 kilometers north of Homs. The robbers wrote slogans on the school walls against the Syrian president and police.

A local source, who preferred to remain anonymous, reported that the theft happened on Friday or Saturday. On Sunday, teachers discovered the missing binders and chairs and noticed footprints on couches.

In Southern Syria, the Daraa city local council reopened the road between the neighborhoods of al-Mahata and Daraa al-Balad. The road had been closed for five years.

On Monday, a local source reported that since the reopening the al-Quwatli road (known as al-Saraya), traveling between the two neighborhoods has become easier. It now takes five minutes as opposed to thirty minutes by foot.

On Sunday, the Autonomous Administration bought 4,000 tons of cotton in the al-Hasakah governorate, Northeastern Syria, whereas farmers demanded compensation for their financial loss.

Raman Abdulghafoor, a cotton gin manager in al-Hasakah, said that the Autonomous Administration wants to buy the cotton from four cotton gins in its controlled areas. Abdulghafoor added that two of the cotton gins are in the village of al-Mabruka and the others are in the villages of al-Jalabiya and al-Kabsh in the al-Raqqa governorate.

International and political news:

On Monday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his United States counterpart Donald Trump stressed the importance of the implementation of the agreements on the Idlib governorate and the city of Manbij in Eastern Aleppo, Northern Syria.

The Turkish Presidential media office stated that the two presidents discussed the agreements on the phone, according to the Turkish news agency Anadolu.