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FSA captures IS members near Rukban Camp; YPG digs ditches near Turkish border

Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Maan Salti
Publication date: 2018/12/22 11:05

Field and local news:

The Ahmad al-Abdo Martyrs Gathering, which operates in Southeastern Syria, announced capturing 16 Islamic State (IS) members, in collaboration with the Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawrah, near the Rukban Camp for displaced people at the Syrian-Jordanian border area.

The gathering's media office manager, Faris al-Monajid, said those gathering members caught a group of IS members trying to infiltrate the camp from the Tolul al-Safa area in Eastern al-Suwayda. The gathering members waited for the IS members to go out of the camp, but were surprised by a large number of other IS members gathering in the camp's perimeter. The gathering called for assistance from the Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawrah.

In Southern Syria, unknown persons wrote phrases condemning the Syrian government on walls in the city of al-Harak, 23 kilometers northwest of Daraa.

A local source told SMART that unknown persons wrote phrases demanding the overthrow of the Syrian government and Bashar al-Assad on the walls of Syrian government institutions, market shops, and other public buildings.

A group of political figures from the Daraa governorate announced forming a new political body under the title, "The Revolutionary and Political Committee of the Daraa Governorate." The new body consists of political figures living outside Syria and has an armed wing formed out of the factions that were deported from Daraa to Northern Syria.

The new political body considers itself an essential part of the revolutionary activity in Daraa, and calls on every concerned party to join its struggle "to achieve the hopes and dreams of the Syrian people in overthrowing the regime and building a modern Syria."

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) started to dig ditches near the Syrian-Turkish border in the al-Raqqa governorate, Northeastern Syria, in preparation for the possible Turkish military operation in the area.

A private source told SMART that the YPG hired 100 workers from the city of al-Raqqa to work in digging ditches in the Tall Abyad area, 80 kilometers north of al-Raqqa, for 10 thousand Syrian pounds per digging one cubic meter each.

An explosion of a landmine left behind by the IS in the village of al-Suwaydiyah al-Saghirah, Western al-Raqqa, injured two civilians, one of them received critical injuries in the abdomen area and the legs; the two injured civilians were transported to the Modern Medicine Hospital in the city of al-Raqqa.

In Dier al-Zor, Eastern Syria, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is allied with the Syrian government, seized three civilian houses in the village of Suwayiah in the Albu Kamal area to turn them into reception centers for the Shia pilgrims coming to visit religious places in the village.


During the last two days, 539 displaced people arrived at the al-Hol Camp, Eastern al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, moving from Islamic State (IS)-controlled areas in Eastern Deir al-Zor. Most of the displaced people came from the city of Hajin, the village of al-Sousah, and the town of al-Shaafah.

On Friday, the Turkish Border Guard (Gendarmerie) killed a civilian by a shot fire while he tried to cross the Syrian-Turkish border illegally from Northwestern Idlib, Northern Syria.

Activists from the town of Darkoush said that the Gendarmerie fired directly at the young man Mohammad Ali al-Doraybi, originally from the town of al-Harrah in the Daraa governorate, Southern Syria, killing him instantly as he was trying to cross the border.