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Free Syrian Army and SDF clash in Northern Aleppo; Meeting is expected between Erdogan and Putin to discuss US forces withdrawal from Syria

Editing: Ayham Nasif |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Local and field updates:

Clashes erupted between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the city of Azaz in Northern Aleppo, Northern Syria, without any injuries.

The spokesperson for the Democratic Society Movement, which is the prominent component of the Autonomous Administration, stated that the aim of the negotiations with the Syrian government about deploying the Syrian government forces along the Turkish border is to prevent Turkey from launching its potential attack on the area.

The SDF's Manbij Military Council said that the Syrian government forces’ deployment to the town of al-’Arima in Eastern Aleppo, Northern Syria, is not new, as the Syrian government forces fortified their outposts in the town and on its perimeter following the political and military developments in the area.  

The FSA emphasized that it will gain control of the city of Manbij and surrounding villages controlled by the SDF in Eastern Aleppo, and will not allow any other military force to enter the area.

The Syrian government forces started security considerations of the families residing in Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo such as al-Sukari, al-Firdous, and al-Marjeh. The Syrian government forces demanded detailed information about each member of the families.

Forcibly displaced people in the Shamiko area in Western Aleppo suffer amidst difficulties transporting the injured. Syrian government forces bombings have destroyed the roads leading to the area

The Dignitaries Council in the city of Salqin in Northern Idlib, Northern Syria, formed a local committee to accompany police patrols of the Salvation Government that works in areas controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, during arresting wanted people from the city.

The Voluntary Ghawth Gathering and the Turkish Relief Organization IHH opened a center to distribute clothes for free in the city of Binnish in Idlib.

The SDF gained control of the village of al-Bukhatir in Eastern Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, following clashes with the Islamic State (IS).

On Wednesday, the SDF arrested 50 IS suspects in Eastern Deir al-Zor, as they were attempting to hide among civilians fleeing the battles in the IS-controlled area.

On Wednesday, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) arrested four young men in the village of Fakhikha in al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, on charges of plotting previous explosions in the city. The Initial Response Team of the al-Raqqa Civil Council removed 177 bodies from a mass grave and beneath the rubble in al-Raqqa.

The Civil Defense said that the Syrian government artillery forces shelled a Civil Defense headquarters in the city of Mourek in the Northern Hama countryside, Central Syria, destroying the entirety of the headquarters.

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Syrian Interim Government established a General Directorate for Agriculture and Livestock in areas outside of the Syrian government’s control in Hama.

Dozens of Syrian refugees returned from Lebanon to their villages and towns in the Northern Homs countryside, Central Syria, after registering their names at the United Nations and settling their conditions with the Syrian government on the Lebanese border.

Unknown people wrote phrases calling to overthrow the Syrian government and its President Bashar al-Assad on the walls of the al-Barmawi school in the town of al-Mazarib,11 kilometers north of Daraa, Southern Syria.

The Syrian government forces arrested a former FSA commander from the Daraa governorate along with two families as they were heading to the Latakia governorate, Western Syria.

Political and international updates:

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he is likely to meet his Russian Counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss the United States forces withdrawal from Syria.

Erdogan told journalists that a Turkish delegation would visit Moscow soon to prepare an expected meeting between Erdogan and Putin, according to Anadolu News Agency.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavochoglu stated that he would visit Moscow in the coming days to discuss the US forces withdrawal from Syria.