People protest against Syrian government in Daraa; US Special Presidential Envoy for International Coalition resigns
Local and field news:
In southern Syria, protesters from the town of Nahtah, 29 kilometers northeast of Daraa, destroyed a picture of the Syrian government president, Bashar al-Assad, after loyalist people put it in the municipality building. The loyalist people denounced the slogans that demand to overthrow Bashar al-Assad.
A local source reported that members from the al-Ba’ath Party of the Syrian government hanged a big picture of Bashar al-Assad at the municipality building, as protesters removed the picture and destroyed it.
People from the Daraa governorate complained about the Syrian government forces violations of the settlement concluded with the people and guaranteed by Russia.
In Northern Syria, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) members at a checkpoint targeted a vehicle transporting displaced people in Northern Idlib, killing a child and injuring a woman. The HTS members shot at the vehicle after the driver refused to stop at the checkpoint. The vehicle transported displaced people from the Hama Northern countryside and passed near an HTS checkpoint near the town of Maarratmisrin in Northern Idlib, according to activists.
The Salvation Government, which operates in the HTS-controlled area, issued a decision to prevent the opening of shops during the Friday prayers under a penalty.
In Aleppo, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) shelling on the town in Northern Aleppo killed two and injured one Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters.
The SDF and United States-led International Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) announced a mobilization alert in the city of Manbij, east of Aleppo, and Syrian government sent reinforcements to the area.
Local activists reported that the USA-le International Coalition sent four armored vehicles and soldiers to Manbij, as the Syrian government sent tanks and members to the village of Tal Aswad near Manbij.
In Northeastern Syria, the prices of trucks decreased in the al-Raqqa governorate.
Vehicle traders reported that the trucks’ prices decreased as people stopped using the trucks. The people used trucks to smuggle petrol and fuel when the IS-controlled al-Raqqa, but after the Autonomous Administration seized control of the governorate it monopolized transporting fuel.
In Central Syria, the Martyr Ahmad al-Abdo forces, who operate in the Rukban camp near the Syrian-Jordanian border, said that the United Kingdom soldiers in the al-Tanf area announced that they have no intention of withdrawing from their bases, while the US troops officially informed the FSA faction of their withdrawal.
Fares al-Munajed, head of media office of the Martyr Ahmad al-Abdo forces reported that the al-Tanf area contains a UK military base and soldiers. Al-Munjed added that the civilians’ evacuation depends on the International Coalition’s approval.
International and political news:
A US official confirmed the resignation of the Brett H. McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy for the International Coalition against the IS, two days after the US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw US troops from Syria.
The al-Hurra American T.V channel reported the official who said that McGurk submitted his resignation to the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to finish his tasks at the end of December 2018.
A US-official in the Pentagon assumed that more resignations would follow James Mattis’, who resigned over his disagreement with Trump’s decision to pull out US troops from Syria.
Jabar Yawer, the general commander of the Peshmerga forces of Iraqi Kurdistan, denied receiving a request by the USA or the SDF to enter Syria.
Yawer stated that the USA, the SDF, and Iraqi parties did not demand the Peshmerga to move to areas in Northern Syria.
On Saturday, Turkey sent military reinforcement to their forces deployed to the border with Syria, coinciding with the Turkish threats of launching a military operation against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in the area east of the Euphrates river.