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Hama Central Prison detainees continue hunger strike for eighth day; Afrin locals call FSA security campaign useless

Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2018/11/20 11:14

Local and field news:

In Central Syria, detainees in the Hama Central Prison continue their hunger strike for the eighth day. The Syrian government minister of justice plans to visit the prison.

On Tuesday, a private source from inside the prison reported that the Syrian government minister of justice will visit the prison to meet and negotiate with the detainees, who have been on a hunger strike for eight days.

On Monday, the US dollar exchange rate against the Syrian pound increased in the city of Hama, after decreasing by 2 percent last week.

Money exchangers from Hama reported that the USD exchange rate against the SYP reached 505 SYP after being 495 SYP last week and 445 at the beginning of November. The SYP lost 14 percent of its value against the USD in one month.

On Monday, the National Army of the Syrian Interim Government denied news that the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs faction imprisoned some of its fighters during clashes in the city of Afrin in Aleppo, Northern Syria.

Major Yousuf Hamud, the military spokesperson of the National Army, stated that a video that shows 30 prisoners from the National Army held by the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs faction is an old video.

People from the city of Afrin near Aleppo, Northern Syria, said that the security campaign launched by the National Army of the Syrian Interim Government is useless and will not prevent corruption in the region.

The Free Aleppo governorate council held a conference to discuss the local elections for the people of Kafr Naha, Western Aleppo.

Ibrahim al-Khalil, the head of the governorate council, reported that the conference aims to adopt direct elections in order for the citizens to choose their real representatives. Al-Khalil said that the first public direct election will be held in the town of Ainjara on Nov. 24, 2018.

In Idlib, the security forces of the Salvation Government, which operates in the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)-controlled areas in Northern Syria, detained Abdul Razzak Awad, the manager of a relief project by the Violet Organization, for unknown reasons.

Activists from Idlib reported that Awad is being held by the public prosecution of the Salvation Government in the city, assuming that they will transport him when the prosecution closes at 4:00 p.m.


The HTS announced arresting an Islamic State commander in the city of Sarmin, 8 kilometers east of Idlib. The HTS accused the commander of planting explosive devices and assassinations.

On Monday, the internal security of the al-Raqqa civil council detained forcibly displaced people (FDP) from Deir al-Zor in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, accusing them of using false identities.

Eyewitnesses reported that the forces at internal security checkpoint near the village of Ajaj, west of al-Raqqa, detained five FDP from the city of al-Gharanij, Eastern Deir al-Zor, accusing them of falsifying their identities.

The Initial Response Team (IRT) of the al-Raqqa civil council retrieved 14 bodies from under the rubble and a mass grave in the city of al-Raqqa.

The IRT forensic department stated that they retrieved 12 bodies, including the bodies of a child and an elderly woman, from the Panorama neighborhood mass grave in western al-Raqqa. The forensics identified three bodies and delivered them to their families.

International and political news:

The military factions’ delegation to the Astana Talks said that in the next round of talks they wish to discuss two major issues; the Syrian government violations of the Idlib demilitarization agreement and the detainees in Syrian government prisons.

Ayman al-Asimi, the head of the media delegation to the Astana Talks, reported that the Syrian government and Iranian militias’ violations in the demilitarized zone threaten the Turkish-Russian agreement, adding, “Russia knows this very well.”

A Jordanian official said that a parliamentary delegation met with the Syrian government President Bashar al-Assad in Syria and discussed several issues, including the Jordanian detainees in Syrian prisons. The official described the meeting as very successful.

CNN Arabic reported the Jordanian official Khaled Abu Hassan as saying that they discussed several issues during the meeting, including trade and transport between Syria and Jordan, in addition to the Jordanian detainees in Syrian government prisons.