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Confrontations between SDF and protesters cause Killing and wounding in Deir al-Zor and US military start withdrawing its troops from Syria

Editing: Ayham Nasif |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Publication date: 2018/12/19 19:20


Field and local news:

In Deir al-Zor, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) clashed with protesters in the village of Zibian, 50 kilometers, east of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, killing two civilians and five fighters of the SDF and wounding others.

Dozens of people demonstrated in the villages of Swidan, Ziban, Dranj, and Hawaij, against what they described as arbitrary arrests by SDF against civilians on charges of belonging to the Islamic States.

The Islamic State (IS) attacked sites of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia in the town of Albu Kamal,122 kilometers, Southeastern Deir al-Zour, Eastern Syria.

The Hezbollah militia seized houses belonging to the families of the Zarzur, Salman, and Dibs in the al-Katif neighborhood, turned it into military headquarters, and prevented their owners from visiting.

The International Coalition launched a raid on the town of al-Kashma, 70 kilometers east of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, killing an Islamic State (IS) commander who was known as Abu Khadija al-Iraqi, supervised IS explosive attacks.

In northern, eastern Syria a displaced young man from Deir al-Zour was killed by a landmine from the remnants of the Islamic State near the village of al-Baroda in al-Raqqa.

People from the city of Ras al-Ayn in al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, organized a sit-in on the border with Turkey to condemn the Turkish threats to launch a military operation against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) east of the Euphrates River.

Economically, Kurdish  Autonomous Administration has begun restoration of a bridge has been affected by torrential rains and floods by 80 percent in recent days on the international road connecting the province of al-Hasakah and Iraq.

In northern Syria, the local council in the town of Ra'i (54 kilometers northeast of Aleppo) distributed 10,000 liters of fuel oil to 52 schools in the city and its surrounding villages as this the first installment for heating.

While the local council in the city of Azzaz issued a decision to close shops in the village of Sajo, for one day for security necessities.

In Idlib, the Syrian government reopened the crossing of the town of Abu al-Duahur after 18 days of closure. The crossing witnessed a slight movement after the opening because of the royalties imposed by the Syrian government forces.

In Homs, the Syrian government forces intensify the arrest campaigns in Homs to take youth to the compulsory service into their ranks. 

In Hama, the domesticated bird's owners lost millions of Syrian pounds, due to the death of a large number of chickens because of illness.

Political and international news:

On Wednesday, the White House said the U.S army has started withdrawing its troops from Syria.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said: "We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign," according to Reuters.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said, "An American withdrawal at this time would be a big win for ISIS, Iran, Bashar al Assad of Syria, and Russia, I fear it will lead to devastating consequences for our nation, the region, and throughout the world."

Earlier, the Wall Street Journal quoted US officials saying that the United States was considering withdrawing all its military forces from Syria.