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International Coalition and SDF patrol Turkish border; Trump and Erdogan discuss situation in Northern Syria

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Editing: Ayham Nasif |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Local and field updates:

On Friday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and International Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) patrolled at the Syrian-Turkish border extending from the Nahiyat Shuyoukh northeastern Aleppo, Northern Syria until the city of Tal Abyad in the al-Raqqa governorate, Northeastern Syria.

The interpreter belonging to the patrol reported that the aim of the joint patrols is to return stability on the border between the SDF and Turkey following the recent incidents in the area.  

On Thursday, the Restabilization Committee held a conference for civil and military committees in the city of Jarabulus in Aleppo to discuss the Manbij agreement that Turkey and the United States ( US) reached.

The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) attacked a Syrian government forces’ outpost in the demilitarized zone near the town of abu al-Duhur, Eastern Idlib, Northern Syria. The HTS killed members of the Syrian government forces in the attack.

Activists close to the HTS noted that the Abu Bakr al-Sadiq Army belonging to the HTS attacked, losing one of their fighters. The activists added that the Abu Bakr Army fighters killed all members of the Syrian government forces at the outpost.

The United Nations set a new date do deliver humanitarian aid to the al-Rukban camp on the Jordanian border, 240 kilometers southeast of Homs, Central Syria.

Abdullah al-’Uqbah, the head of the Civil Affairs’ Office in the camp said that the UN informed them about the new date to deliver aid which is on Nov 3, 2018.

The residents of the city of Hama, Central Syria, complained about increased power cuts as winter approaches, the thing that damages their work and electrical devices.

On Thursday, thousands of demonstrators in the al-Hasakah governorate, Northeastern Syria, protested against the Turkish Army’ bombings on areas controlled by the SDF in Eastern the Euphrates river.

The water directorate belonging to the Autonomous Administration started a project to increase water pumping in the city of Qamishli in al-Hasakah, at the cost of 15 million Syrian pounds.

On Thursday, the Initial Response Team (IRT) belonging to the al-Raqqa Civil Council removed 13 bodies in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria. A source from the IRT medical examination reported that they removed 12 bodies two of them belong to a woman and child. The source noted that they identified two other bodies and handed them over to their families.

The IS killed a member of the Syrian government forces’ members in clashes in the Talool al-Safa area, Eastern the city of al-Suwayda, Southern Syria, as the Syrian government forces attempted to advance in the area, amidst artillery shelling and airstrikes on the IS outposts.

Political and international updates:

On Thursday, the US President Donald Trump and his Turkish Counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation in Northern Syria.

The media office of the Turkish Presidency issued a statement saying that the presidents made a phone call to discuss the situation in the Manbij area and the Idlib governorate. The statement added that the presidents agreed on to stay in close cooperation in bilateral and regional issues in the next stage, according to the Anadolu news agency.  

The Lebanese General Security Directorate said that 545 Syrian refugees returned to Syria in their special cars and buses provided by the Syrian government, through the al-Masna’, al-’Abodiyah, and al-Zamrani border crossings, according to the Lebanese formal National News Agency.