Car bomb explosion kills and injures civilians in Afrin; FSA releases two Syrian government forces members
Local and field updates:
On Sunday, a car bomb explosion killed and injured 24 civilians in a street market in the center of the city of Afrin, 43 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria.
Local activists reported that a car bomb exploded in the vegetable market near the Kawa roundabout in central Afrin, killing and injuring civilians. The activists added that the injured were transported to the hospital in the city.
A bomb explosion injured a civilian in the city of Manbij, 80 kilometers east of Aleppo, as a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) military patrol was passing by.
Sharfan Darwish, the spokesperson for the SDF’s military council in Manbij, stated that the bomb went off near the Toyoor al-Janah park, injuring a civilian with minor injuries. Darwish provided no further details.
The Maghaweer al-Thawra Army of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) released two Syrian government forces’ captives in the Syrian Steppe in the Homs governorate, Central Syria.
The head of the Maghaweer al-Thawra’s media office, who introduced himself as Abu Muhammad, stated that the captives are from the city of Aleppo and were born in the year 2000. Abu Muhammad added that they captured the members in clashes, which took place in the al-Zarqa area near the al-Tanf border crossing with Iraq on December 13, 2018.
The United States-backed International Coalition and the SDF patrolled the Turkish border in the city of Ras al-Ayn in al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria.
An unknown source from the Asayish security forces reported that three International Coalition military vehicles left a base in the village of Arqam near Ras al-Ayn, heading towards the town of Tal Halaf adjacent to the Turkish border.
The exchange rates of foreign currencies increased against the Syrian pound in the city of Qamishli, 73 kilometers north of al-Hasakah, following Turkish statements about a potential military operation in the areas controlled by the Autonomous Administration.
The exchange rates of the US dollar and euro increased by 2 and 2.88 percent against the Syrian pound last week; however, the exchange rates of the Turkish Lira remained the same.
The SDF detained two people in Eastern al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, on charges of working with the Islamic State (IS).
A source from the Asayish security forces reported that an SDF patrol detained two young men on their way from Eastern Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, to the village of Hous, 65 kilometers east of al-Raqqa, on a public transportation vehicle.
Two landmine explosions injured two civilians in villages belonging to the city of al-Salamiya, 31 kilometers east of the city of Hama, Central Syria.
Loyalist activists reported on social media that an IS landmine explosion injured a civilian in the village of Abu Hubailat. The activists added that the injured was transported to the national hospital in al-Salamiya.
A local source reported that former FSA fighters dismantle landmines near homes and agricultural fields in the city of Daraa, Southern Syria, for money.
The source added that the fighters formed teams equipped with devices to disarm landmines after the Syrian government forces claimed that it does not have landmine disarming teams.
Political and international updates:
On Sunday, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that Turkey will deal with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if he wins democratic elections.
Cavusoglu delivered statements during a forum in Qatar, saying that it is important to organize transparent and democratic elections in Syria under the supervision of the United Nations. Cavusoglu added that Syrians should choose their ruler, according to the Turkish Anadolu news agency.