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Syrian government forces and Turkish Army shelling in Afrin; eleventh round of Syria peace talks ends in Astana

Editing: Ayham Nasif |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Nouha Salti

Local and field news:

On Wednesday night, the Syrian government forces bombed a Turkish military base in the Afrin area in Aleppo, Northern Syria, as Turkey retaliated and bombed Syrian government forces bases in the villages on Kashataar and Aqibah.

Students of the Free Aleppo University organized a demonstration in the city of Atarib, 30 kilometers west of Aleppo, to denounce the assassination of the two distinguished activists Raed Fares and Hamoud Juneid. The Syrian Network for Human Rights assumed in a report that the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) is involved in the assassination.  

In Idlib, a Syrian government missile shelling in the town of Jarjanaz and the village of al-Tah killed civilians and injured four others.

The Salvation Government which operates in the HTS-controlled areas announced that it would execute everyone who participates with or help the armed kidnapping gangs.   

The Day After organization held a conference in the city of Maarrat al-Nu’man to discuss the results of a questionnaire the organization finished about the new constitution in Syria.

In Eastern Syria, suspected United States-led International Coalition airstrikes on a hospital in Eastern Deir al-Zor governorate, Eastern Syria, killing dozens of civilians and Islamic State (IS) members.

The People’s Protection Units (YPG) said that clashes with the IS in Deir al-Zor killed ten of the YPG members.

On Wednesday night, USA-led Coalition gunfire killed two civilians in the town of Ziban.

In Northeastern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that installing USA-led Coalition’s supervision posts on the Turkish-Syrian border aims to prevent IS members from sneaking to Turkey and Europe.  

On Thursday, civilians found the body of an unknown killed man in Eastern al-Raqqa.

In al-Raqqa, the Syrian Democratic Council of the SDF organized a conference that gathered all political and military parties operating in the SDF-controlled areas and in Syrian government-controlled area, to discuss the situations in Syria.   

In Central Syria, the local council of the city of Kafr Zayta in Northern Hama partially restored four schools with personal support and the help of expatriates from the city.

In Southern Syria, the Syrian government forces detained two women and chased out another in two towns in Southern Damascus for different accusations over one week.

International and political news:

On Thursday, the 11th round of Syria peace talks between Turkey, Russia, and Iran, ended in Astana, Kazakhstan. The three countries discussed a ceasefire in Idlib, the detainee's issue, and the constitutional committee.

In the final declaration of the Talks, the Kazakh Foreign Minister, Kayrat Abdrahmanov, stressed that protecting the cease-fire in Idlib is essential for the fight against terrorism and said that it is important to execute the Sochi agreement between Turkey and Russia, according to Anadolu.

The Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura stated that Russia, Turkey, and Iran failed to make any tangible progress in setting up a Syrian constitutional committee during the Astana Talks about Syria.

The Lebanese Army launched an arrest camping in the Arsal camps in Northeastern Lebanon against dozens of Syrian refugees.