Hayat Tahrir al-Sham seizes Kafr Hamra, Western Aleppo ; Turkey prepares to launch military operation in Eastern Syria
Local and field updates:
On Tuesday, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) seized the entire town of Kafr Hamra, Western Aleppo, Northern Syria, after the National Liberation Front (NLF) withdrew.
A source from the NLF reported that they withdrew to the village of Maarrat al-Artiq to ensure the safety of an NLF delegation that the HTS detains.
On Tuesday, the NLF said that the HTS did not respond to their demand of a Shari'a court hearing to settle the disagreement between the two factions. The NLF added that the HTS seized the NLF headquarters in the town of Kafr Hamra in Western Aleppo, Northern Syria.
An HTS shelling injured two children in the village of Darat Izzah, 25 kilometers west of Aleppo, Northern Syria. The HTS shelled the town following tension between the HTS and the National Liberation Front (NLF). Muhammad Adeeb, a member of the NLF media office denied news that activists circulated about the NLF attempts to advance to HTS outposts near the city of Anadan, Northern Aleppo.
Employees and engineers reactivated the telecommunication exchange section in the town of Tal Minis, Southern Idlib, Northern Syria, following six years of suspension. The employees and engineers reactivated the section in cooperation with the General Communications Establishment belonging to the Salvation Government and repaired the optical cable between the Tal Minis and the city of Maarrat al-Nu’man.
The manager of the Sham medical clinic in the besieged al-Rukban camp on the Jordanian border said that they recorded 1,755 thousand cases of malnutrition among the children in the camp. The manager added that the dispensary lacks medicine and devices necessary to detect diseases. The manager noted that 200 children infected with malnutrition need to be evacuated from the camp.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard militia sent military reinforcements made up of ten vehicles transporting fighters most of them from Deir al-Zor to the village of al-Jalaa near the city of al-Bukamal, southeast of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria. The militia sent the reinforcements after the Islamic State attacked their outposts in the area.
The al-Sanadid forces belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) graduated the first military group near the city of al-Hasakah. The group included 125 thousand fighters, who underwent physical and military training on light and medium weapons for 45 days in their military base.
The Lebanese Hezbollah militia participated in training 60 members of the Syrian government forces in the al Lajat area, Eastern Daraa, Southern Syria. The participation is the first of its kind in the area.
A source reported that field commanders in Hezbollah supervised training the members in the village of Aib. The source added that the members underwent intense training, which ended in a celebration that Hezbollah and Syrian government forces commanders attended on October 21, 2018. The source did not specify the duration of the training.
The Syrian government’s media outlets reported that the Syrian government forces exempted youths wanted for the reservist service and canceled the penalty of evading the reservist recruitment.
Political and international updates:
On Tuesday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech before the Parliament saying that Ankara finished plans and preparations to launch wide-scale military operations in Eastern Syria to destroy the terrorists in reference for the (SDF).
The Turkish Defense Ministry said that the Turkish Army finished joint training with the American Army in the Manbij area, Eastern Aleppo. The ministry added that both sides would patrol the area.
Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, stated that the demilitarized zone agreement in Idlib, Northern Syria moves along as planned.
In a joint press conference with his Azerbaijani and Iranian counterparts in Istanbul, Cavusoglu added that there are no problems and obstacles in implementing the Russian - Turkish agreement. Cavusoglu noted that Turkey would intervene if the terrorist groups adopted a different approach, according to Reuters.