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Syrian National Army rejects Peshmerga deployment in Northeastern Syria; Peshmerga says SDF failed them during negotiations

Editing: Hasan Borhan |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2018/12/19 11:00

Field and local news:

On Wednesday, the Syrian National Army of the Syrian Interim Government rejected the deployment of the Syrian Peshmerga forces in Northeastern Syria, saying that it is a United States’ attempt to delay the Eastern Euphrates Battle.

On Tuesday, a senior official of the Syrian Peshmerga forces said that imposing decisions by the political leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on all sides always leads to the failure of negotiations between them.

The official said that Turkey will not back down from launching its military operation against the SDF east of the Euphrates River, as the SDF makes the decisions in the region.

On Sunday, the Initial Response Team of the al-Raqqa civil council retrieved 13 new bodies from a mass grave and a destroyed house in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

On Tuesday night, a motorcycle bomb exploded in the city of al-Raqqa, killing two people and injuring two others. After the explosion, the SDF made arrests and increased the security level in the city.

On Tuesday, the SDF arrested 18 people in the village of Suwaidan, 64 kilometers east of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, on charges of affiliating with the Islamic State.

A group of Kurdish intellectuals founded a new political party, called Kurdish Democratic Future Party, in the city of al-Qamishli, 75 kilometers north of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria.

On Wednesday, the al-Izzah Army of the Free Syrian Army killed 30 members of the Syrian government forces in clashes in Northern Hama, Central Syria.

On Wednesday, the Syrian government forces shelled the city of al-Lataminah in Northern Hama, Central Syria, injuring two civilians.

On Tuesday, a group of prisoners accused of criminal offenses rioted in the military police prison of the Syrian Interim Government in the city of Azaz near Aleppo, Northern Syria.

On Tuesday, an explosive device injured a woman in the village of Shamarin near Aleppo, Northern Syria.

On Tuesday, dozens of forcibly displaced people (FDP) from Eastern Ghouta protested against the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham's threats to expel the FDP from their homes in the village of al-Fou'a, 9 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria.

The Syrian government demolished dozens of houses, most of them belonging to FDP from villages and cities of the Rif Dimashq governorate, Southern Syria.

The Ekhlas Hospital administration in the village of Shanan, 26 kilometers south of Idlib, Northern Syria, appealed to humanitarian and relief organizations to support the hospital, which serves 72,000 people.

The Shabiha militia robbed a number of shops in the city of Hama, Central Syria.

On Tuesday, local sources reported that Shabiha militia members opened several shops after midnight, robbing more than six shops in the al-Arbaeen neighborhood, Aleppo road and a drug store in the al-Jalaa neighborhood, according to the source.

Political and international news:

On Tuesday, Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed to make efforts to start the work of the Syrian constitutional committee in early 2019.

The UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said that more should be done to ensure the formation of a balanced, inclusive and credible constitutional committee.

The Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said that Syrian refugees constitute an existential threat to Lebanon.