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SDF gains control of border line with Iraq, Eastern Deir al-Zor; Syrian government issues death sentences to 40 opposition factions commanders

Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Glory Jabr

Local and field news:

On Tuesday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gained control of most of the al-Baghouz al-Tahtani village, 120 kilometers southeast of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, following days of clashes against the Islamic State (IS). The SDF has controlled the Iraqi borderline.

On Tuesday, the Criminal Court in the Syrian capital Damascus issues death sentences to 40 commanders and fighters of the Islamic battalions and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), including the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) commander, Mohammed Hussein al-Shara, called Abu Muhammad al-Julani, the Jaysh al-Islam commander, Essam Buwaidani, and the Alrahman Legion, Abdul Nasser al-Shamir.

On Tuesday, activists accused the HTS opposition faction of kidnapping and detaining Hamdo al-Omar, the logistics officer for the People in Need organization near the town of Sarmada, Northern Idlib, Northern Syria

Local activists told SMART that two HTS armed groups known as the Aleppo troop and the Sarmada troop ambushed al-Omar while he was leaving the village of Tall al-Karamah toward the town of Sarmada, blocking his car and detaining him.

On Tuesday, activists and civil bodies held a demonstration in the city of Qalat al-Madiq, 45 kilometers northwest of Hama, Central Syria, in protest against the arrest of the head of the Free Hama Health Directorate and two other doctors by the HTS.

The protesters raised banners reading, “The battle is with the regime, not with the medical staff,” “Salvation Government, is really your job to save the liberated areas?” and “Freedom for al-Sheikh.”

On Tuesday, the HTS released the head of Free Hama Health Directorate, hours after arresting him in the city of Kafr Nubl in Southern Idlib, Northern Syria.

The price of gold increased in the city of Hama, Central Syria by 500 Syrian pounds for each gram in one week, causing a remarkable increase in the price of all other productions.

On Tuesday, money exchangers from the city said that as one gram of 21 Karat gold reached 17 thousand SYP this week, while it cost 16,500 SYP last week. The SYP exchange rate against the US dollar decreased reaching 497 SYP for each dollar.   

Traders in the city of Hama raised the price of the gas tank, exploiting the shutdown of the Sadkop plant after the Syrian government closed it.

On Tuesday, local sources reported that the price of a gas tank in the black market reached 5000 SYP, taking advantage of the shortage of gas quantities in the markets after the closure of the plant.

A local official from the Rukban Camp for Syrian displaced people near the Syrian-Jordanian border, 240 kilometers southeast of Homs, said that the Jordanian government continues to cut off water from the camp for the fourth consecutive day.

Abu Mohammad, a member of the Rukban Camp's civil affairs office, told SMART that the Jordanian government cut off water from the camp four days earlier for repairs in water lines, without stating how much time the repairs would take.

On Tuesday, the Initial Response Team (IRT) of the al-Raqqa civil council pulled out eight bodies in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

A source of the IRT forensic medicine told SMART that the IRT pulled the bodies out from a cemetery in the al-Panorama neighborhood and transferred them to the Martyrs Cemetery in the city, without identifying anybody.

On Tuesday, unknown persons assassinated a former FSA commander in the governorate of Daraa, Southern Syria.

Local sources told SMART that unknown persons shot the former commander of the FSA’s al-Muataz bi Allah, Mohammed Yusuf al-Hashish, in the town of Mazireb, killing him immediately.

Residents of the al-Suwayda governorate complained about the lack of bread in the bakeries, the poor quality of it, and the lack of cleanliness in the bakeries. As a result, the loaves contain impurities.

Some residents told SMART that the Syrian government reduced the amount of flour allocated to the bakery in the town of Gharieh (35 kilometers south of al-Suwayda), from 1600 kg per day to 1100 kg, leading to the shortage of bread.

Political and international news:

On Tuesday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that it is preparing a plan to support Syrian refugees and their host countries with a value of 5.5 billion US dollars in 2019-2020.

In a statement published by the French news agency, the UNHCR said that it launched a regional response plan to support refugees and enhance their ability to cope with crises in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, and Iraq.

The UNHCR also said that about 250,000 Syrian refugees could return to Syria next year. No details of how they will return were given.