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Arab Coalition delegation meets SDF commanders in Syria; Saudi Arabia denies military presence in Northeastern Syria

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


Local and field updates:

On Monday, a delegation from the Arab Coalition led by Saudi Arabia met Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commanders in the city of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) in Aleppo, Northern Syria.

On Tuesday, an unknown source from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) reported that an Arab Coalition delegation that included what the source described as high-ranking officials visited Kobani on Monday. The source added that International Coalition officials accompanied the delegation.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia denied the news of its forces’ deployment in Northeastern Syria, after media outlets reported news of Arab Gulf forces participating in battles against the Islamic State (IS).

A motorcycle bomb explosion killed two fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Southern al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria.

On Wednesday, a local source reported that the motorcycle bomb explosion targeted an SDF military vehicle on the road between the cities of al-Hasakah and Deir al-Zor, in the al-Shadadi area, killing the two SDF fighters.

On Tuesday, the Syrian government forces stationed in Southern Aleppo, Northern Syria, shelled towns in the Southern and Western Aleppo countrysides, without causing injuries.

Local activists reported that the Syrian government artillery forces stationed in the village of Tal-’Aloush shelled the perimeter of the town of Zamar in Southern Aleppo.

On Tuesday, armed gang members injured a money exchanger in the city of Afrin, 43 kilometers north of Aleppo, while robbing him.

A source from the Afrin police reported that the money exchanger was with his sister’s husband on a motorcycle when masked shooters blocked their way and fired at them.

The Atarib Civil Center held a seminar  in the city of Atarib, Western Aleppo, to support the forcibly displaced people (FDP) in the city. The seminar highlighted the FDP’s success in the work field in Atarib.

The civil center manager Muhammad Shakurdi said that the seminar is part of the Shababona (Our Youths) project, and is titled "A fall is not necessarily the end.

On Tuesday, the Syrian government forces arrested a woman and three youths in the Daraa governorate, Southern Syria.

Local sources reported that members of the Criminal Security Branch of the Syrian government forces arrested a woman from the town of Tal-Shihab, Southern Daraa. The sources added that the Syrian government forces arrested three youths who have settlement documents. The sources noted that the youths are from the towns of Taseel and Zaizoon and the city of Inkhel.

The Syrian government forces and Iraqi Popular Mobilization militia exchanged artillery shelling with the IS in the al-Bukamal area, 120 kilometers southeast of Deir al-Zor.

Local activists reported that the Iraqi Popular Mobilization militia shelled IS outposts in the town of al-Baghouz, and the IS targeted outposts in Iraq in response. The activists reported no injuries.

Political and international updates:

On Tuesday, the Turkish National Security Council said that the YPG are the most significant threat against reaching a political settlement in Syria.

The National Security Council held a meeting headed by the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, saying that the YPG in the areas east of the Euphrates river threaten a political settlement in Syria, adding “(...) We will continue our operations against the YPG to ensure our safety (...) We emphasize our right of self-defense.”