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International Coalition announces killing distinguished Islamic State member in Syria; Free Syrian Army and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham exchange prisoners in Idlib

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Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Maan Salti

Field and local developments:

On Monday, the International Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) announced killing a distinguished member of the IS in a bombing on the Syrian Desert area.

AFP reported the International Coalition spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan, as saying that on Sunday, the International Coalition targeted the distinguished IS member Abu al-Omarein with accurate shots. Abu al-Omarein was responsible for the killing of the American humanitarian worker Peter Kassig in November 2014.

In Northern Syria, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) exchanged prisoners with the al-Sham Legion of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) near the city of Idlib.

A commander from the al-Sham Legion said that the HTS arrested five legion members in the town of Maarrat Misrin after the legion arrested seven HTS members for trying to dismantle a railway track connecting the Aleppo and Lattakia governorates in the village of Harbanoush.

Also in Idlib, the United States resumed its support for international and local humanitarian organizations in charge of providing services in the governorate.

The executive manager of the Sakan Organization for Care and Development, Yasser Shihadah, said that the US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) informed international and local organizations that it will resume providing the support needed to run projects OFDA used to support earlier, after several organization officials appealed to OFDA.

In Aleppo, The FSA blocked a Syrian government forces' attempt to advance into the al-Rashidin neighborhood in the city.

Captain Amin, the commander of the Aleppo Army, told SMART on Monday that a group of about 20 Syrian government forces members attempted to infiltrate the neighborhood at night from the Souq al-Jabas market, but the NLF and the al-Sham Legion clashed with the infiltrators.

In Eastern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) attacked the IS-controlled city of Hajin, Eastern Deir al-Zor.

The SDF Commander Abdul Karim al-Fandi told SMART that SDF members launched an attack from the Tall al-Jaabani area toward the eastern entrance of Hajin covered by International Coalition warplanes, which intensively raided the city.

In Southern Syria, the Syrian government forces arrested at least six young men in the town of Tsil, 26 kilometers north of Daraa, for compulsory military reserve service in the Syrian government forces.

Local sources from the town said that the Syrian government forces summoned six young men to join the reserve, and subsequently arrested them using force.

The prices of farming seeds increased in comparison to last year's prices in the Quneitra governorate, which the Syrian government forces seized months ago.

Farmers from the governorate told SMART that the prices of winter crop seeds increased significantly, reaching 190 Syrian pounds per one kilogram of wheat seeds, after costing only 120 SYP last year. The price of one kilogram of barley seeds reached 160 SYP compared to 135 SYP last year (100 SYP = 40 US cents).

In Northeastern Syria, the Kurdish Autonomous Administration organized a forum about demographic change in the Afrin area, Aleppo, in participation of the former French minister of foreign affairs and several other Kurdish and Arab political and legal figures.

Jihan Khalil, a member of the forum's preparatory committee, told SMART that the forum is held in the city of Amuda in al-Hasakah, and aims to highlight the "ethnic cleansing and demographic change that Turkey is committing against the civilians of Afrin."

International and political developments:

On Monday, a fire in a refugee camp in the Beqaa area in Eastern Lebanon killed two Syrian refugees.

Lebanese media outlets said that a fire started in a refugee camp in the town of al-Yammounah in the Baalbek district, setting fire to around 50 tents and killing two Syrian refugees.