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HTS detains prominent civil activist in Idlib ; Syrian Interim Govement closes two schools in Idlib for teaching Syrian government’s educational curriculum

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Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Local and field updates:

The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) detained the civil activist Muwafaq al-Najar Abu Imad, who is called the Eastern Ghouta chanter, in the city of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Media activist Muhammad al-Najar, who is Muwafaq’ s son, reported the HTS detained his father as he went to buy bread on December 6, 2018. Muhammad reported nothing about the reasons behind his father’s arrest or the accusations against him.  

The Free Idlib Educational Directorate of the Interim Syrian Government closed two secondary schools for teaching the Syrian government’ educational curriculum. Two teachers established the schools in the village of Has, 35 kilometers south of Idlib.

Mustafa Haj Ali, the manager of the media office in the Free Idlib Educational Directorate, said that their monitoring directorate closed the two schools (one for males and the other for females) because they infringe “revolutionary and professional standards regarding the number of students and staff.

The Violet Organization celebrated the world volunteering day in the city of Idlib.

Abdul Razzak Awadd, a volunteer in the organization, said that have started voluntary work since 2011 and that the organization has had 500 volunteers who are distributed across seven centers in Northern Syria.

The local council in the city of Mari’, 30 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria ended a project to build 30  shops in the industrial area in the city.

Fouad Abbas, the head of the local council said that they conducted the project with the Developing Program at the cost of $118,000.

Islamist battalions refusing the Turkish - Russian agreement in Northern and Central Syria, said that their fighters have killed and injured more than 100 Syrian government forces’ members in military operations in a month.

The Incite the Believers Operations Room, which includes three battalions the most prominent of them is the Guards of Religion faction of al-Qaeda, said that their fighters killed 103 Syrian government forces and injured 16 others from November 8 to December 8, 2018.

On Sunday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) killed four Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters in attacks over the recent to days in the Afrin area in Aleppo.

The SDF advanced in 65 new outposts following clashes with the Islamic State (IS) in the city of Hajin and town of al-Baghouz near Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.  

The Syrian government forces and Iranian militias turned houses and public buildings into security headquarters after they confiscated the houses in the city of al-Bukamal,120 kilometers southeast of Deir al-Zor.  

Sources from al-Bukamal reported that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards confiscated a house of a civilian, who lives in SDF- controlled areas and turned it into a center to issue security permission.

On Saturday night and Sunday morning, an SDF patrol raided the al-Mushalab neighborhood in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, arresting a person on charges of smuggling weapons and drugs.

Activists from al-Raqqa reported that a patrol of Fighting Terrorism Forces of the People’s Protection Units which are the major component of the SDF, raided the al-Mushalab neighborhood at midnight using military vehicles.

Four local councils in Northern Hama, Central Syria, demanded the Interim Syrian Government reactivates the General Establishment of Seeds Propagation, which works in the adjacent Idlib governorate.

The local councils of al-Lataminah, Kafr Zayta, Kafr Nabudah, and Qirata farmlands published a statement saying, “Due to the importance of the services that the farmers in Northern Hama benefit from the branch of the establishment (..)We demand the reactivation of the branch of the establishment just like in areas in Idlib and Aleppo.”  

On Sunday, unknown shooters killed a former FSA commander along with a lawyer in the city of Da’el, 14 kilometers north of Daraa, Southern Syria recently controlled by the Syrian government.  

Political and international updates:

On Sunday, an owner of the land, which Syrian refugees build their camp in the town of Arsal, Northern Lebanon, threatened to expel the refugees if they do not pay rent money.

A source from the camp reported that the landlord Abu Jamal Karnabi demanded $10,000 to renew the rent contract for a year otherwise he will expel the refugees from his land.