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People protest in Daraa against Iranian presence; Syrian government forces shelling in Idlib kill civilians

Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2018/10/26 18:01

Local and field news:

On Friday, activists and locals organized a protest in the city of Busra al-Sham, 38 kilometers east of Daraa, Southern Syria, to denounce the Iranian presence in the Daraa governorate.  

The protesters raise banners denouncing the visit of Abu al-Fadl al-Tabtabai, the representative of the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, to the Daraa governorate. Al-Tabtabai met with representatives of the Syrian government, as activists published photos of the visit on social media accounts.

On Friday, dozens of civilians demonstrated in the town of Kafr Noran, 32 kilometers west of Aleppo, Northern Syria, demanding to overthrow the Syrian regime and to hold its allies accountable.

About 300 people from the city of Atarib, Kafr Kermin, Batbo, al-Jina, Kafr Halab, Urum al-Kubra and Kafr Amma participated in the demonstration.

Syrian government forces shell the village of al-Rafa of the al-Tamaniah area, 53 kilometers south of Idlib, Northern Syria, killing seven civilians, most of them women and children, and injuring others.  

Local activists reported that the Syrian government forces, based in the town of Abu Dali, shelled residential neighborhoods with about 25 missiles, killing seven civilians, including three women and three children, in addition to injuring others. 

The National Liberation Front (NLF) of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) formed a military council in the Sahl al-Roj area, Southern Idlib, Northern Syria, to organize military and administrative work in the area.  

Naji Mustafa, the NLF official spokesperson, said that the council includes the Ahrar al-Sham Islamist Movement, Suqur al-Sham, the al-Sham Legion, the Jaysh al-Ahrar, and the General Service Management.

In Western Syria, the Turkish border guards killed two people in Western Latakia near the Syrian-Turkish border area.

Local activists reported that the Turkish border guards killed the two men as they tried to cross the border to Turkey through the al-Turkman Mountain, Northern Latakia. The activists said that the Turkish border guards are still keeping the bodies of the two killed men.  

On Friday, a car bomb exploded in areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Eastern Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, injuring a civilian and a child.

Local sources reported that a three-wheeled vehicle exploded by a house on the road between the villages of Abu Hamam and Abu Hardub, injuring two civilians and causing damage to the shops surrounding the house, without explaining how the vehicle hit the house.

On Friday, floods after heavy rain destroyed a bridge that links between the governorates of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syrian and Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.

A local source reported that the bridge is located in the al-Hos area, east of the city of al-Raqqa. After the floods have destroyed the bridge, the People's Municipality of the al-Raqqa local Council opened a temporary sub-route until repairing the bridge.  

The SDF sent reinforcements from the town of Ayn Issa, 48 kilometers north of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, to the governorate of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.

An exclusive source reported that 20 military vehicles, with the United States flag, carried more than 90 SDF members and military equipment. The vehicles came from the military base in Ain Issa to Eastern Deir al-Zor.

The twenty-third session of the Kurdish poetry festival started in the city of al-Qamishli, 70 kilometers north of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, with dozens of poets.  

Mashal Osman, a member of the festival preoperational board, reported that they are repeating the festival for the 23 years in a row. About 54 poets from several SDF-controlled cities and towns participated in the festival. Muhammad Ali Shaker, a musician and poet, was honored for taking the first place.