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Rainstorm damages 6,500 forcibly displaced families in camps in Northern Syria; First Syrian flight lands in Tunisia since 2012

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

Local and field updates:

On Thursday, rainstorm damaged 6,500 forcibly displaced families in camps in Northern Syria. Rainwater swept away 220 tents and overwhelmed 550 others in camps in the Idlib and Aleppo governorates.

On Thursday, the Free Aleppo Health Directorate raised the alert of its medical staff in Northern and Western Aleppo due to poor weather conditions.

The Free Police leadership issued a decision banning the residents from carrying weapons only by regular license from the police centers. The decision aims to decrease the phenomenon of carrying weapons and to sustain security.

Turkish Army sent new military reinforcements to Syrian border opposite of the al-Raqqa governorate, Northeastern Syria, in preparation for the expected military operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in areas east of the Euphrates river.

The General Security Forces (Asayish) of the al-Raqqa Civil Council deployed patrols and established security checkpoints in al-Raqqa to prevent any potential terrorist attack or explosion against the civilians during New Year’s day.

On Thursday night and Friday Morning, unknown bombers threw a grenade at an SDF patrol as it was passing in the village of Khas Habal in Eastern al-Raqqa, inuring a fighter.

The Syrian government dismissed 25 medical facilities employees in the city of Qamishli in al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, for cooperation with the Autonomous Administration. The employees included doctors, nurses, and technicians, who used to work in the Syrian government public hospital in the city.

The Autonomous Administration opened a medical center in the village of Dayrona Aghi in the al-Jawadiya Nahiyat. The center includes women’s and general clinics and a pharmacy. The center will serve the residents of 211 villages for free.

The Syrian government forces shelled villages in Northern Hama, Central Syria. The Syrian government forces stationed in the village of al-Masassinah mortared the edges of the city of al-Lataminah and the Wadi al-Dawrat area, with reports of casualties.

The Cancer Patients’ Friends Society, which is run by Adnan Muqalad, a member of the al-Baath Socialist Arab Party in the al-Suwayda governorate, Southern Syria, refused to organize an entertainment party for children with cancer.

Political and international updates:

On Thursday, the first Syrian irregular flight boarding 141 Syrian tourists landed in the al-Mansatir International Airport in Eastern Tunisia since 2012.

Turkish Anadolu news agency reported Muhammad Aziz Bozqozo, who is in charge of the airport, as saying that on Thursday, the Ajnihat al-Sham company owned by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s cousin secured a flight from Damascus to Tunisia. Bozqozo added that the flight is a part of the irregular flights “charter.”

On Friday, the Bahraini Foreign Ministry stated that its embassy would continue to work in Damascus controlled by the Syrian government forces.

The ministry issued a statement saying that the Bahraini embassy in Damascus will continue to work. The ministry added that the Syrian government’s embassy in Bahrain works and Syria and Bahrain continue to exchange flights.    

On Thursday, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reopened its embassy in Damascus after seven years of closure.

In response to these updates, the Higher Negotiations Committee of the Riyadh 2 Conference said that it hoped that UAE would have opened its embassy for the Syrian people and not with a tyrant regime.

Russian Foreign Ministry announced an expected summit between the Russian, Turkish, and Iranian presidents in Moscow in early 2019.