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Clashes with SDF kill 33 IS members in Eastern Deir al-Zor; detainees in Hama Prison suspend their hunger strike

Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Nouha Salti

Local and field news:

On Saturday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the killing of 33 Islamic State (IS) members, including a commander, during battles in southeastern Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.  

The SDF stated that an IS fierce clashes followed an attack on the SDF locations. The SDF members blocked the attack and managed to retrieve four IS members’ bodies.

The SDF clashed with the IS inside the city of Hajin, as members from the SDF said that fierce clashes occurred in the al-Hawamah neighborhood, which is considered the entrance of Hajin. The clashes coincided with SDF artillery shelling on clashes locations.  

Sixty civilians fled from the city of al-Sha’fah, 100 kilometers southeast of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, to the Syrian Democratic Forces(SDF)-controlled areas in the Deir al-Zor governorate. The SDF moved the displaced civilians to the al-Omar oilfield area to investigate with them.

On Saturday, trucks loaded with oil passed through the SAD-controlled areas in the al-Raqqa governorate, Northeastern Syria, to the Syrian government-controlled governorate of Homs, Central Syria.

Detainees in the Hama Central Prison of the Syrian government suspended their hunger strike, which started from 18 days to condemn death sentences issued against them.

A detainee from inside the prison reported that they suspended the hunger strike after they received promises that the reconciliation committee and the prison’s management will revise the detainee's issue and send to Russians for discussion.

Earlier, about 40 detainees received news of their relocation to the Saydnaya Central Prison in Rif Dimashq, where 11 of them will be executed. The Syrian government arrested the detainees for participating in a demonstration at the beginning of the Syrian Revolution in 2011. After this news, the detainees announced an open sit-in in prison.

In Northern Syria, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) released the project manager of the Violet Relief Organization, Abdul Razzaq Awad, after ten days of detention in the city of Idlib.

Yahia, Nimah, a media official from the organization, reported that security forces of the Salvation Government, which operates in the HTS-controlled areas, released Awad after the organization provided needed documents after the HTS accused Awad of embezzlement.  

The police forces of the Syrian Interim Government freed a kidnapped man and arrested the abductors in the city of al-Bab, east of Aleppo, Northern Syria. The police attacked the location, on which the kidnaped man’s family agreed with the abductors to give them a ransom.    

A delegation from the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Turkish Red Crescent, escorted by journalists from Turkish media, visited the city of Khan Shaykhun in Southern Idlib. The delegation opened a kindergarten and a sewing workshop for widows in the city.  

A vaccine campaign against polio targeted about 35 children in the cities and towns of the Afrin, Azaz, al-Bab, and Jarabulus, in the Aleppo governorate: the campaign will also be launched in the town of the Western Aleppo countryside and will last until next Thursday.   

Forcibly displaced people (FDP) said that dozens of displaced families in the farmlands of Northern Homs, Central Syria, use garbage for heating amidst poor economic conditions.

The FDP added that the families reside in tents and makeshift rooms in the farmlands of the Syrian government-controlled city of Rastan. The FDP could not return to their hometowns as all their houses are destroyed.

On Saturday, activists documented the killing of seven civilians in the Daraa governorate, Southern Syria, in November 2018. Three of the civilians were tortured to death in the Syrian government prisons and four others were killed due to landmines and bombing remnants explosions.  

The Syrian Network for Human Rights documented the killing of 231 civilians in Syrian in November 2018. The SNHR said that most of the civilians were killed due to the USA-led International Coalition bombings and the shelling of the Syrian government forces and their allied Iranian militias.