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Temporary agreement between HTS and al-Ahrar al-Sham Islamist Movement ends fighting between them, Northern Syria and FSA calls for alert in region

Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Rose Kajo

Local and field updates:


On Tuesday, in northern Syria, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the al-Ahrar al-Sham Islamist Movement reached a temporary ceasefire agreement between them, Northern and Central Syria.

The temporary ceasefire agreement between the HTS and al-Ahrar al-Sham Islamist Movement came hours after the HTS seized the village of Kastoun, north of Hama, following clashes with the al-Ahrar al-Sham Islamist Movement.

A witness told SMART that the HTS fighters attacked the Kastoun village from the villages of Shagorit and al-Sahen, south of Idlib, following clashes between the HTS and the al-Ahrar al-Sham Islamist Movement. The HTS seized all the Kastoun village, and the al-Ahrar al-Sham Islamist Movement withdrew to the town of al-Madiq castle and the al-Anqawi village.

On Tuesday, the Free Syrian Army called its fighters to be ready to confront the Syrian government forces and its loyal militias, after monitoring the arrival of reinforcements of the latter, Northern Syria.

Naji Mustafa, the military spokesman of the National Liberation Front (NLF), told SMART that they demanded their fighters to be ready after they received information on the arrival of military reinforcements of the Syrian government forces and the Iranian militia to the seam lines, Northern Syria.

Eight villages north of Hama, Central Syria, lack a health center that provides medical services to residents and displaced people.

Hassan al-Yusuf, the head of the local council of the Qirata village told SMART that the villages of Qirata, Tal Hawash, al-Hradna, al-Hamerat, Sahab, al-Jabriya, al-Qaroutiya, Mazra’a, al-Materat do not have any medical center to provide services to the families and displaced who are about eight Thousands of people.

The Initial Response Team  (IRT) of the local council of al-Raqqa pulled out six bodies from a mass grave in the al-Panorama neighborhood, south of al-Raqqa.

A source in the forensic team of the IRT told SMART that the bodies are of unidentified youths, and they buried them in the cemetery of Tal al-Baya’a (martyrs), Northeast al-Raqqa.

The military police of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration arrested three civilians carrying military missions from a town, east of al-Raqqa.

The Islamic State (IS) attacked the position of the Syrian government forces and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia in the city of al-bu Kamal in Deir al-Zor, killing and wounding members of them.

On Tuesday, a senior Assyrian official accused leaders of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of interfering in the internal affairs of the Assyrians in al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, and of trying to incite them to divide their ranks.

Political and international update:

On Tuesday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that more than 2 million children in Syria are not enrolled in any formal education.

More than 2 million children between the ages of five and seventeen have not enrolled in school.  More than 180,000 thousand educational staff, including teachers, have been forced to leave school, according to OCHA’s brief report on its official website.