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Dozens of families evacuate Southern Idlib due to Syrian government bombings; Islamic State kills 17 YPG fighters in Deir al-Zor

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

Local and field updates:

On Saturday, the Civil Defense evacuated dozens of families from the town of Jarjanaz, 37 kilometers south of Idlib, Northern Syria, due to the frequent Syrian government forces bombings on the area.

Muhammad Hamadeh, the head of the Civil Defense in the village of al-Ghadfa, said that they started evacuating the families on Friday  in coordination with the local council of Jarjanaz. Hamadeh added that they evacuated the families to nearby villages due to the Syrian government forces’ rocket and artillery shelling on the area.

The Free Police found the body of a young man who had been stabbed in the neck near a camp in Northern Idlib.

Free Police media outlets reported that they found the body of a 20-year-old man from the city of Khan Sheikhoun, Southern Idlib, in an olive orchard west of the al-Asi camp near the city of Sarmada, Northern Idlib.

On Saturday night, unknown shooters assassinated Muneer Kamel, a former judge in the court of Afrin, in front of his house in Northern Idlib.

Local activists and a military observers reported that the unknown shooters assassinated Kamel in front of his house in the village of Tal ‘Ada in the Nahiyat al-Dana.

The National Army of the Syrian Interim Government urged the Military and Civil Police to detain three fighters of the National Army for stealing military equipment from a headquarter in Northern Aleppo.

The People’s Protection Units (YPG) said that their fighters killed three Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters and injured two others in an attack in the Afrin area, 43 kilometers north of Aleppo.

The YPG added in a statement that on Nov. 30, 2018, their fighters attacked a checkpoint of the FSA’s al-Majd Legion in the village of Hayama in the Nahiyat Bulbul, killing and injuring the FSA fighters.

On Saturday, the YPG said that the Islamic State (IS) killed 17 YPG fighters in clashes in the Deir al-Zor governorate, Eastern Syria.

The YPG added in a statement that the YPG fighters were killed on Nov. 22, 2018, as they were repelling IS attacks on YPG outposts near the IS-controlled town of Hajin in Eastern Deir al-Zor.

The Initial Response Team of the al-Raqqa Civil Council removed 13 new bodies from a mass grave and beneath the rubble of destroyed buildings in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria. A landmine explosion killed and injured two civilians in Northern al-Raqqa.

Political and international updates:

On Saturday,  the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said that dozens of their facilities in the Daraa and al-Yarmouk camps in Southern Syria, are semi-destroyed.  

UNRWA published a report on their website saying that 23 facilities, including 16 schools in the al-Yarmouk camp, Southern Damascus, need to be to rehabilitated up to 75 percent. The report added that three medical centers need to be reconstructed after they were completely destroyed.

On Saturday, the former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner visited the al-Hasakah governorate in Northeastern Syria to participate in a forum hosted by the Autonomous Administration in the city of Amuda, about demographic change in the Afrin area, Aleppo.

The External Relations Committee in the al-Jazeera Municipality said that Autonomous Administration officials received Kouchner, the French Military Consultant Patrez Franceschi, the strategic researcher Gerard Shalyan, and a former consultant of the United States Department of State, David Phillips, in the city of Qamishli.