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Peshmerga groups enter area east of Euphrates accompanied by US forces; Astana states guarantors agree on list of civil society representatives in Syrian Constitutional Committee

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Editing: Ayham Nasif |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Local and field updates:

On Tuesday, a prominent Kurdish official announced that small Syrian Peshmerga groups entered the area east of the Euphrates river accompanied by United States forces. The Peshmerga entered the area amidst Turkish threats of launching a military operation against the People's Protection Units.

The official added that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)’ attempts to impose its decisions on all sides cause the negotiations to fail every time. The official noted that the negotiations are limited to the political leadership of the SDF and Peshmerga. The official added that the United States supervises the talks to settle the disagreement between the two sides.

The Syrian government forces sent military reinforcements from Eastern Aleppo, Northern Syria to the al-Ma’amel area, 33 kilometers, west of Aleppo. A military convoy left the city of al-Safera towards the al-Ma’amel area near the Aleppo- Gaziantep highway. The convoy included hundreds of the Syrian government forces’ members and 50 military vehicles, including Zeil trucks and 130mm field artillery.

A civilian died from a previous injury in the head after a car bomb exploded in the city of Azaz in Northern Aleppo, on Thursday.

The Ana “I am” Network organized a seminar to fight violence against women in the city of Kafr Nabl in Southern Idlib, Northern Syria, with the participation of 255 women. The workshop included displaying a film about battered women.

Members of the Syrian government’s Political Security and Customs launched a campaign to confiscate stalls that sell fuel and bread in the entire Northern Homs countryside, Central Syria.  

Local sources reported that fighters of Syrian government’ militias broke into civilians’ shops after midnight for robbery. The source added that the militias fighters robbed six shops in the neighborhoods of al-Arba’een and Aleppo road, and a medicine warehouse in the al-Jalaa neighborhood in the city of Hama, Central Syria.

On Tuesday, dozens of protesters from the tribes of the village of al-Shuhail,37 kilometers east of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, protested to demand  the Syrian SDF to give them a share of the production of oil wells

An SDF military commander, who prefered to remain anonymous reported that the protesters clashed with the SDF fighters using light weapons after the protesters blocked the streets of al-Shuhail. The commander added that the protesters killed two fighters of SDF’ al-Houl forces and injured two fighters of the Deir al-Zor Military Council, who were stabbed.

The SDF killed 96 Islamic State (IS)’ members in battles in Eastern Deir al-Zor. The SDF seized the IS’ members’ weapons. The SDF also advanced in 144 new outposts on the perimeter of the city of Hajin in Eastern Deir al-Zor. The International Coalition warplanes backed the SDF in the battles.

Local sources reported that members of the Syrian government’s Military Security raided the al-Tuwayiba neighborhood in the city of al-Bukamal in Deir al-Zor, arresting seven youths for unknown reasons.

International and political updates:

On Tuesday, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the states guarantor of the Astana Talks about Syria agreed on the list of the representatives of the civil society in the Syrian Constitutional Committee.

The ministry added in a statement that Alexander Lavrentiev, the  Russian envoy, the Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal, and the Irani Foreign Minister Assistant Hussein Jaberi Ansari agreed on the list before the meeting of the foreign ministers of the countries participating in the Astana Talks.

Yahiya al-’Aridi, the spokesperson for the High Negotiation Committee, said that they would object the names suggested in the civil society list if they were inappropriate.  

Al-’Aridi refused to reveal the percentage of their participation in the list of the civil society, which will be included in the constitutional committee. Al-’Aridi added, “Now and then, changes occur, but if the constitutional committee were not balanced, we would object. “