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SDF advances into IS-controlled areas in Deir al-Zor; hundreds of displaced people suffer due to heavy rainfall in Northern Syria

Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Maan Salti

Local and field news:

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advanced into the Islamic State (IS)-controlled areas and gained control of the villages of Abou Hassan and al-Baqaan, and parts of the village of al-Kashmah, east of Deir al-Zor. The SDF is also advancing toward the city of al-Sha'fah, and they are now four kilometers away from the city center.  

Clashes with the SDF killed ten IS members, while the SDF detained five others near the village of Abou Hassan close to al-Sha'fah, east of Deir al-Zor. The clashes also killed one SDF members and injured 12 others.

On Thursday, the executive council of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration confirmed that the negotiations with the Syrian government continue regarding the Turkish threats to launch a military operation east of the Euphrates River and the US forces' withdrawal from Syria.  

A Syrian government forces artillery shelling injured a civilian in the town of al-Ankawi in Western Hama, Central Syria, from their bases in Jurin military camp. Earlier, the Syrian government forces shelled al-Ankabawi and the village of Zayzoun with missiles, damaging property.   

The Syrian government forces arrested ten young men at the al-Rai checkpoint between the villages of Sahm al-Jolan and Jillin, 26 kilometers north of Daraa, Southern Syria, to send them for compulsory military service, although the young men carried valid settlement papers. Members of the Syrian government Air Force Intelligence also arrested two people in the village of Sahm al-Jolan for belonging to the Islamic State.

Unknown persons wrote slogans against the Syrian government on walls in the villages if al-Karak al-Sharqi and al-Naimah in the Daraa governorate. The slogans said, "Down with Bashar al-Assad," "Down with al-Baath Party," "No to reserve military service," "No to compulsory military service," and, "Release the detainees."

A house collapsed due to heavy rainfall in the village of al-Salloum of the Mount Simeon area, Southern Aleppo, injuring four children.  

Displaced people in the camp of Madjanet Dirar near the town of Batbo, west of Aleppo, appealed to humanitarian organizations to help them after a rainstorm destroyed their tents. About 52 displaced families in the camp suffer from the difficulty of transporting sick, injured people to medical centers, as the road to the camp are unpaved, and the camp is established in farmland.  

Heavy rainfall blocked the main road to dozens of camps in the Atma area, Northern Idlib. The rainfall also caused the sewerage water of the Atma town to flow over earth level by about one meter.

Heavy rainfall flooded dozens of tents and affected hundreds of displaced families in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria.  

The political committee in the Idlib governorate elected members of the committee's executive office for the third year in the city of Maarrat al-Nu'man. Fourteen out of 18 candidates won the elections, including three women, as 180 people participated in the vote. The lawyer Abdullah Haj Suleiman was elected president for the committee.  

International and political news:

Mevlut Çavusoglu, the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that Turkey is determined to enter east of the Euphrates River after the US forces' withdrawal from Syria. Çavusoglu added that the US announcement to withdraw their forces from Syria followed the Turkish declarations to launch a military operation in Syria.  

These statements coincided with preparations for the military operation against the SDF east of the Euphrates, as Turkey and the Syrian government sends military reinforcement to the perimeter of the city of Manbij, east of Aleppo, Northern Syria on a daily basis.   

On Thursday, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reopened its embassy in the Syrian government capital Damascus after it has been closed for seven years. An Emirati official told the CNN that the UAE did not appoint an ambassador yet.   

The reopening of the UAE embassy came days after the Sudanese president's visit to Damascus, and the visit of the Syrian government Head of National Security Bureau, Ali Mamlouk, to Egypt upon invitation by the Egyptian head of General Intelligence Directorate. The Jordanian King Also stated that Jordan's relations with Syria would return to their earlier state.