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Jordanian Army denies killing woman in al-Rukban camp; Syrians demonstrate in Turkey demanding SDF’s exit from area east of Euphrates River

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Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Local and field updates:

On Sunday, a shooting from a nearby border outpost killed an elderly woman in the al-Rukban camp near the Jordanian border, 240 kilometers southeast of Homs, Central Syria.

The Jordanian Army denied killing the woman as residents of the camp accused the Jordanian forces stationed at a nearby border outpost of targeting the camp.

On Sunday, the Syrian government and Russian forces reopened the Mourek crossing in Northern Hama, Central Syria, for civilians and commercial trucks after two days of closure for unknown reasons.

Shadi Abu Karam, the media official in the local council of Mourek, reported that the crossing opened at 7:00 a.m. in both directions. Abu Karam noted that buses carrying civilians from the Idlib countryside travel to the crossing to go to areas controlled by the Syrian government.

The Syrian pound exchange rate has decreased by 10 percent against the US dollar in the city of Hama since the start of November, increasing the prices of gold and other commodities remarkably.

Activists and journalists accused the Sultan Murad Division of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) of kidnapping a media activist in the Afrin area in Aleppo, Northern Syria, and detaining him in an unknown place. The division denied involvement in the kidnapping.

The Media Activist Association in Eastern Ghouta said that a group from the division kidnapped the media activist Bilal Saryool and disclosed the place of his detention. The association added that they received no genuine information about the circumstances of Saryool’s kidnapping despite frequent communication with the Sultan Murad division.

The Hamza Division of the National Army denied involvement in killing an elderly woman in the village of Burj Abdalou in the Afrin area, 43 kilometers north of Aleppo. Activists accused fighters of the division of killing the woman as they attempted to rob a house.

Mahmoud Alwan, the media official of the Hamza Division, reported that the woman died of natural causes, adding that the residents of the village informed the division of the woman’s death and the division sent a patrol along with a doctor and the village leader to the woman’s house.

The International Coalition asked the Autonomous Administration to remove political slogans, statues, and symbols from the cities and towns controlled by the Autonomous Administration east of the Euphrates River.

Farmers in the al-Hasakah governorate, Northeastern Syria, strategically started planting wheat due to early rainfall this year.

Naiyf Ibrahim, the joint head of the Agricultural Committee of the Autonomous Administration, said that they distributed seeds to plant 50 percent of each field. Ibrahim added that 25 percent of the field is planted with beans, and the remaining 25 percent is left without seeds to combat diseases in the soil.

The hours of electricity decreased by 60 percent in towns and villages controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Western al-Raqqa.

Local sources from the area reported that the hours of electricity in villages including al-Ansar, al-Jayif, and al-Rasheed decreased from 12 to four hours as winter approaches, amidst occasional full power.

Political and international updates:

On Sunday, hundreds of Syrian refugees demonstrated in the town of Akja Qal’a, Southern Turkey. The demonstrators called upon the Turkish Army and FSA to launch  a military operation against areas controlled by the SDF east of the Euphrates River in Northern Syria.

On Sunday, the head of the Turkish Red Crescent said they continue preparations to deal with a potential displacement wave in areas east of the Euphrates River if the Turkish Army launches a military operation.

The Turkish Red Crescent said that they have sent 42,000 aid convoys to different parts of Syria since 2011.

The Iraqi Ministry of Immigration stated that Iraq returned 444 Iraqi refugees from Syria to the Nineveh governorate in Northern Iraq.

The ministry issued a statement saying that Iraq returned the the refugees from the al-Houl camp southeast of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, adding that the refugees were received at the al-Fao crossing and then transported to the Hamam al-’Aleel camp south of the city of Nineveh.