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Sandstorm suffocates forcibly displaced people in al-Rukban camp; United Nations Security Council discusses situation in Syria

Editing: Abd Allah Al Darwesh |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Local and field updates:

On Thursday, a local source reported that a sandstorm suffocated 100 forcibly displaced people (FDP) in the al-Rukban camp on the Jordanian border,240 kilometers southeast of Homs, Central Syria.

The al-Ahrar al-Sharqiya and al-Ahrar Army belonging to the Free Syrian Army reached an agreement to end the fight that erupted between them hours ago in the Afrin area, 44 kilometers, north of Aleppo, Northern Syria.

Activists reported that the two factions exchanged fire, injuring fighters of both sides. The activists added that the First Corps intervened to stop the infight. The activists couldn't provide any information on the reasons for the infight or how many fighters injured.

The prices of real estates increased in the city of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), 130 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria, due to the increased investments and demand.

On Friday, Kamal Muslim, a resident of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) said that the prices of incomplete apartment vary between $15 and 60 thousand. Muslim added that the prices of renting an apartment reached $1000 per year.

On Thursday, a rainstorm that coincided with powerful winds flooded dozens of tents, Western al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

A local source reported that the rainstorm destroyed 30 tents in camps near the villages of al-Rashid and al-Jayif, Western al-Raqqa. The source added that the rainstorm also flooded other tents near the village of al’ajaj and the Tishreen farmland, Eastern al Raqqa.

The FDP in camps in al-Raqqa complained about the lack of schools to educate their children.

An FDP from the Eastern Hama countryside, who introduced himself as Abu Abdulkareem, said that there are seven camps near the village of al-’ajaj, Eastern al-Raqqa. Abu Abdulkareem added that there are 150 children deprived of education in the camp.

Syrian Kurdistan Writers’ Union said that the Autonomous Administration did not commit to the unions’ initiative to put an end to the security Asayish forces’ arrest of politicians and intellectual figures. The Asayish forces continue to launch arrest campaigns in the al-Hasakah governorate, Northeastern Syria.

Muhammad Abdi, the media official of the union said that they proposed an initiative to settle disagreements between the National Council and Democratic Society Movement. Abdi noted that the disagreements between the two sides increased in the recent weeks.

The Syrian government reinstalled a statue of former President Hafez al-Assad in the al-Qusur neighborhood in Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria. The Syrian government removed the statue in July 2011.

A local source reported that the Syrian government forces reinstalled the statue at the al-Sabe’ Bahrat roundabout and opened it three days ago in the presence of official delegation.

Political and international updates:

On Friday, diplomatic sources reported that the United Nations Security Council would hold a new session in the city of New York to discuss the situation in Syria upon a request by the United States (US). The source added that the session would be held at 1:00 pm Grentitish time, 3:00 pm Syria time, according to the AFP.

On Thursday, Russian Defense Ministry accused the US Army of participating in the attacks against the Hmeimim airbase in the Latakia governorate, Western Syria, using drones.

Alexander Vomin, the Russian deputy defense minister, said in the general session of the Eighth Shengshan International Security Issues Forum in Beijing, that a Poseidon 8 drone guided the drones that attacked the Russian Hmeimim airbase, according to formal Russian media outlets.