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SDF sends reinforcements to Syrian-Turkish border; Military Police impose strict security procedures in Northern Aleppo

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Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Maan Salti

Field and local news:

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) sent military reinforcements consisting of 75 members and 11 military vehicles from a United States forces-controlled base in the town of Ayn Issa, al-Raqqa, to the Syrian-Turkish border area after Turkey threatened of a military operation in the area.

The Syriac Union Party allied with the Autonomous Administration demanded the International Coalition led by the United States take responsibility toward the Turkish threats of an attack against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Northeastern Syria.

On Thursday, thousands demonstrated in Autonomous Administration-controlled cities in Northern and Northeastern Syria to condemn the Turkish threats of a military operation in the east of the Euphrates River area.

The Pentagon said that unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party, as US personnel may be present, would be "unacceptable" and "of grave concern," adding that while the US was fully committed to Turkey’s border security, it also remained committed to working with the SDF to defeat Islamic State (IS), militants.

On Wednesday, the Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan announced that Turkey would start military operations against the YPG east of the Euphrates River within days, while the Autonomous Administration declared a state of public alert in its areas after the threats.

The spokesman for the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army, Yousef Hammoud, told SMART earlier that the Turkish military operations against the YPG will target the cities of Manbij in Aleppo, Tall Abyad in al-Raqqa, Ras al-Ayn in al-Hasakah, and more than 150 other cities and towns in Northeastern Syria.

The YPG arrested a man at a checkpoint in the village of al-Jorniyah in Western al-Tabqah, 55 kilometers west of al-Raqqa, for charges of belonging to the Syrian government forces, after the YPG found with the man a military card issued by the Syrian government.

The Military Police on Northern Aleppo announced that it imposed strict security procedures after a series of explosions in the area. Muhannad Bakkour, a member of the Military Police General Command, said that the command issued a decision to search all vehicles to prevent explosives from reaching residential areas, adding that the police captured a trapped vehicle and dismantled the bomb.

In Hama, the spokesman for the al-Izzah Army of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Mustafa Maarrati, said on Wednesday that bombing the areas outside the Syrian government forces control in Northern Syria is "an attempt to sabotage the Sochi agreement concluded between Turkey and Russia.

Maarrati said that Iran started to feel kept out of regard; therefore, Iran is trying to "relief itself from the American sanctions and to survive the US pressure." Maarrati added that Iran recently entered the city of Halfaya "hiding under the Russian flag to avoid American and Israeli strikes."

Local activists said that the Syrian government forces targeted farmlands south to the city of al-Lataminah with heavy artillery shells, injuring a civilian, who was transported for treatment in the Idlib governorate. A similar shelling from the al-Khirbah and al-Madajin checkpoints targeted the villages of Maarkabah and al-Buwayda, while a third shelling from the Jourin military camp targeted the village of al-Sarmaniyah.

A Syrian government, Air Force Intelligence Department's checkpoint, arrested two young men from the village of Sohah, the Salamiyah area, at the al-Raqqa-Hama highway in Central Syria. The two young men were returning from areas out of the Syrian government forces control after they were ensured they would not be prosecuted.

An explosion of a landmine left behind by the IS killed two people, one of them a shepherd, in the perimeter of the village of al-Shaykh Hilal near the Syrian government forces-controlled city of al-Salamiyah, Eastern Hama, Central Syria.

The residents of the al-Itqan Camp for displaced people near the city of Jist al-Shughur, Western Idlib, called for help after a rainstorm hit the area. The camp's manager said that the storm pulled out about ten tents and the floods destroyed other tents and blocked roads, forcing the residents to suffer in the open air.

Another rainstorm hit other makeshift camps for displaced people built in orchards and farms in Western al-Raqqa, destroying about 25 tents in the camps of the al-Bou'as village, and al-Jalaa and al-Rashid farms. The storm also blocked the roads to the camps with mud.