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Dignitaries refuse Syrian government request to install checkpoints in al-Suwayda governorate; International Coalition sends military support to SDF

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Translation: Maan Salti

Field and local developments:

In Southern Syria, dignitaries from the al-Suwayda governorate refused a Syrian government forces' request to install checkpoints in the area.

Local sources told SMART that Yasser al-Shoufi, a member of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party's regional command, met with around 300 people from the governorate, including dignitaries, in the party's headquarters in the city of al-Suwayda and requested that the Syrian government forces install checkpoints to capture kidnapping and looting gangs.

In Quneitra, Southern Syria, the Syrian government military recruitment directorates refused to conclude reconciliations for men over 24 years of age, forcing them to join the compulsory military service.

In Northeastern Syria, the United States-led International Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) sent a new convoy of military support from the Iraqi Kurdistan region to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the al-Hasakah governorate through the Simalka crossing.

The convoy entered Syria on Sunday night and included more than 100 vehicles carrying military and logistic equipment, four-by-four vehicles, fuel, and refrigerator trucks. The convoy took the international highway to reach areas in the al-Hasakah governorate.

In Northern Syria, the Free Aleppo governorate council said that the direct local council elections in the village of Aynjarah (15 kilometers west of Aleppo) are complete, adding that the women candidates that were not elected received job offers from the local council women's office.

In the Idlib governorate, the educational staff of the Hazra Town School near the city of Dana, 33 kilometers north of Idlib, and the al-Barah School in the Southern Idlib countryside organized a demonstration to condemn the massacre committed by the Syrian government forces in the Jarjanaz Town School.

In Eastern Syria, an International Coalition airstrike on the village of al-Baghouz, 122 kilometers southeast of Deir al-Zor, killed an IS commander and six members.

Local sources told SMART that International Coalition warplanes targeted an IS military vehicle in the village, killing the Iraqi IS commander Muhannad Saeed Mohammad al-Rawi and six of his guards.

On Sunday, International Coalition air raids on the IS-controlled town of al-Shaafah, 110 kilometers southeast of Deir al-Zor, killed and injured several people.

Activists said that a suspected International Coalition air raid on the towns of al-Kamshah and Abu Hassan, Eastern Deir al-Zor, killed and injured several civilians.

Also on Sunday, the Initial Response Team of the al-Raqqa Civil Council pulled out the bodies of 10 unknown persons from a mass grave in the city of al-Raqqa.

A source from the city's forensics department told SMART that the team pulled out 10 bodies from the Panorama Park. None of the bodies were identified.

International and political developments:

The Syrian High Negotiations Committee of the Riyadh II conference confirmed on Sunday that it will discuss the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons in the city of Aleppo, Northern Syria, in the next session of the Astana talks on Wednesday. The committee said that the Syrian government regularly fabricates crises when there are talks about a diplomatic solution in Syria.

The committee spokesman Yahiya al-Aridi told SMART that the opposition factions participating in the Astana talks will present the issue of the Syrian government targeting of neighborhoods of Aleppo with chemical weapons.

On Sunday, Iraqi forces targeted IS-controlled areas in Eastern Deir al-Zor near the Iraqi-Syrian border with heavy artillery.

In a statement published on its official Facebook page, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense said that Iraqi heavy artillery and French and US forces from the International Coalition targeted IS locations in the al-Sahm military camp near the Iraqi-Syrian border in an operation called "Last Warning."

Also on Sunday, the French President Emmanuel Macron offered his condolences to the relatives of the distinguished activists Raed Fares and Hammoud Juneid, who were assassinated by unknown armed persons in the city of Kafr Nubl in Southern Idlib, Northern Syria.