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Syrian government forces’ shellin injures civilians in Hama; United States and Turkey discuss US forces withdrawal from Syria

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Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
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Publication date: 2018/12/24 19:07

Local and field updates:

On Monday, the Syrian government forces shelled a town and two villages in Northern Hama, Central Syria, injuring three civilians. The shelling violated the Russian - Turkish ceasefire agreement in Northern Syria.

Activists reported that the Syrian government’s artillery forces stationed in the Russian base shelled the town of Mourek,26 kilometers north of Hama, injuring three civilians, including a child. The activists noted that the shelling hit the Civil Defense center in Mourek.

On Monday, the Syrian government forces opened fire to the air during an attempt to arrest a person in the city of Hama.

Eyewitnesses reported that members of an unidentified Syrian government security branch, who were wearing civilian clothes opened fire to the air in the neighborhoods of Abi al-Fidaa and al-Tawafira as the members were attempting to arrest a person, who was wearing a military uniform and carrying a rifle.

Anonymous activists dropped and posted anti -Syrian government leaflets in streets in the al-Suwayda governorate, Southern Syria.

A grenade explosion killed two young men in the al-Fayihaa park in central al-Suwayda, without specific details of the incident.

A local source reported that the young men were killed after a grenade that they were suspected to carry exploded on them. The activists added that the young men are Mahmoud Kamel Abu Hassoun from the city of al-Suwayda and Wael Nidhal Ayoub from the town of Qanawat in Northern al-Suwayda.

The Syrian government forces arrested 20 young men in the city of Homs, Central Syria, for compulsory and reservists service.

A local source reported that the Syrian government forces had established checkpoints in all neighborhoods in Homs in the recent two days, arresting 20 young men.

A Syrian government forces’ group kidnapped a forcibly displaced family from the al-Raqqa governorate in Northeastern Syria to the al-Rukban camp on the Jordanian border, Central Syria. The group kidnapped the family as it was attempting to return to al-Raqqa and demanded a ransom.

Political and international updates:

On Monday, the Turkish presidency revealed that a United States (US) military delegation will visit Turkey to discuss with Turkish military officials the US forces’ withdrawal from Syria.

Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesperson for the Turkish president, stated in a press conference that a US military delegation would visit Turkey to discuss the mechanism of and coordinate the US forces withdrawal from Syria. Kalin noted that the US President Donald Trump would visit Turkey in 2019 upon a formal invitation by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyib Erdogan.

Trump said that Erdogan provided him with “sufficient” information about Turkey's ability to eliminate the Islamic State (IS) in Syria after the US forces withdraw.

On Monday, Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister stated that the existence of the Turkish Army in the Idlib governorate in Northern Syria is agreed upon with the Syrian government.

Lavrov said that it is difficult to settle what he called “the US illegitimate presence in Syria.”  

Israeli Army targeted an anonymous armed group that infiltrated the occupied al-Golan heights in Southwestern Syria.

The France Press news agency reported a statement by Israeli Army as saying that On Sunday night and Monday morning, a group of armed men crossed the international border line from the Syrian side into Northern al-Golan.

On Sunday, Jordanian King stated that relationship with Syria would return to its earlier status. King Abdullah hoped that situation improves in Syria and Iraq.

Hussam Zaki, the assistant secretary general of the Arab League, said that the league's’ position towards the return of Syria to the league has not changed. Zaki added that the recent visit of the Sudanese president to Damascus did not come in coordination with the Arab League.