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Dozens of families flee from Eastern Deir al-Zor; Astana talks guarantors agree to speed up formation of Syrian Constitutional Committee

Editing: Mohammad Alhaj |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Glory Jabr

Local and field news: 

Dozens of families fled from the town of al-Susah, Eastern Deir al-Zor due to the clashes between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Islamic State (IS).

The IS tried to regain control of sites lost in clashes with the SDF in the village of al-Bahra, the town of al-Susah and the Hajin town but IS unable to advance.

A Russian delegation visited the city of Albukamal in Deir al-Zor and met with commanders from the Hezbollah Lebanese militia and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The Russian delegation met with the militias to decide on a mutual work plan in the area.

On Wednesday, the Free Police of the city of Jarabulus, Eastern Aleppo, Northern Syria, said that they are pursuing a man for killing his sister. The Free Police confirmed that he killed his sister in their hometown of Qastun, Hama, and not in Jarablus.

Unknown persons tortured a man and his wife to death in the village of Deir Foul near the city of Rastan in Homs, Central Syria.

The honey production in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, decreases to less than 20 percent compared to previous years after the death of 30 percent of the bees.

Political and international news:

In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that on Tuesday, representatives of the Astana agreement guarantors held consultations in the Russian capital Moscow. They agreed to speed up the work of forming the Constitutional Committee by the Security Council Resolution 2254, and in coordination with UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura.

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that Russia is preparing for a summit on Syria between the Russian, Turkish and Iranian presidents as part of the Astana talks.


On Wednesday, the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar stated that the violations of the ceasefire agreement in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, have decreased by 90 percent.

In a press conference, which the news agency Anadolu broadcasted, Akar added that a significant proportion of extremists and heavy weapons withdrew from the demilitarized zone in Idlib.