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Syrian government accuses opposition factions of shelling Aleppo city with toxic substances; Syrian government forces shell Jirjinaz, Idlib

Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Nouha Salti

Local and field news:

In Northern Syria, the Syrian government accused the opposition factions of shelling a residential neighborhood in the city of Aleppo with toxic substances. The factions denied the shelling and hospitals in the area confirmed that they did not receive any poisoning cases.

Syrian government media channels posted on social media that 12 civilians suffered from breathing difficulties and were transported to hospitals after terrorist groups shelled the al-Khaldiah neighborhood with toxic substances.

A medical source from the al-Razi Hospital in Aleppo added that the hospital received an injured member from the Shabiha militia after two shells targeted the al-Neel Street. The source denied receiving any patients suffering from breathing difficulties in the hospitals of al-Razi and al-Jama’a.

The commander of the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Jaysh Aleppo, Captain Amin, denied shelling Syrian government locations in the city of Aleppo although the Syrian government forces shelled FSA locations in Western Aleppo.

Two defected officers who used to work with chemical weapons in the Syrian government forces reported that the opposition factions are incapable of using chemical weapons to shell the city of Aleppo.

The manager of the Chemical Violations Documentation Center, Zaher al-Saket, reported on WhatsApp that the factions do not have toxic substances and the equipment to launch toxic shells.

On Saturday, the Syrian government artillery forces shelled the town of Hayan, 10 kilometers northwest of Aleppo, injuring four civilians, including a woman.

A Civil Defense member, Samo al-Abdullah, said that the Syrian government forces shelled the town with more than 40 artillery shells, injuring a woman and three civilians, who were transported to medical centers.

The FSA exchanged prisoners with the Syrian government under Turkish-Russian sponsorship near the city of al-Bab, 38 kilometers east of Aleppo.

Activists reported that the exchange operation was held near the Abu al-Zenden crossing, which separates the Syrian government-controlled areas from the FSA-controlled areas in Aleppo. The FSA released ten prisoners, including a woman, and the Syrian government released ten prisoners. There was no information about whether the prisoners were militants or civilians.

The National Army of the FSA announced the end of its security campaign in the Afrin area near Aleppo.

The National Army spokesperson, Youssuf al-Hamoud, reported that three groups and five militants surrendered to the campaign forces and handed over their bases.

Those who surrendered were transported to the military police for prosecution.

An explosion targeting the car of a commander in the Manbij military council of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) injured the commander, his driver, and a civilian in the city of Manbij, 85 kilometers east of Aleppo.

On Sunday, local sources reported that an explosion targeted the car of the commander, Hamza Zaza, in the al-Sarb neighborhood near the al-Dalou Square. The sources added that the driver received severe injuries and that the injured were transported to a hospital.  

On Saturday night, the Syrian government forces shelled the town of Jirjinaz in the Maarrat al-Nu’man area, Southern Idlib, killing a girl and injuring her brother.

The head of the Jirjinaz local council, Hussein al-Daghim, reported that the Syrian government forces shelled the northern area of the town with heavy artillery shells at 3:00 a.m., killing a 3-year-old girl and injuring her brother.

A Syrian government missile shelling Jirjinaz killed and injured 13 civilians, most of them women and children.

On Sunday, the Syrian Interim Government Ministry of Education condemned the Syrian government shelling in Jirjinaz, which killed and injured several school children.

The ministry stated that they condemned the “criminal shellin,” which targeted civilians in a school.

In Central Syria, a detainee in the Hama Central Prison reported that the detainees who received death sentences from the Syrian government were unsuccessful in their appeals and hunger strike.

The detainee added that they are in despair after international organizations were unable to convince the Syrian government to cancel their executions.

In Northeastern Syria, the Initial Response Team of the al-Raqqa civil council retrieved eight bodies, including a woman and a child, from the city of al-Raqqa.

The Supply Directorate of the civil council in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, set the price of bread for each family at 500 Syrian pounds ($1).

Mustafa al-Hussein, the head of the supply and grain mill committee, allowed each family to buy bread for only 500 SYP per day to prevent the people from using the bread to feed animals. The committee also banned selling subsidy bread at a penalty of 100 SYP per loaf.

The anti-terrorism forces (HAT) of the Autonomous Administration detained two people in the village of al-Souaidiah, west of al-Raqqa, accusing them of working with the Syrian government forces.

A source from the security forces reported that the HAT broke into a house in the village and detained two displaced men from Eastern Hama, Central Syria.