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Syrian government arrest former FSA commanders in Northern Homs; Erdogan says that Syrian government runs psychological war by claiming to enter Manbij area in Aleppo

Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Local and field updates:

On Friday, the Syrian government forces arrested two former Free Syrian Army (FSA) commanders from the Homs governorate, Central Syria, in the city of al-Salamiyah in the adjacent Hama governorate.

Local sources from the city of Talbiseh in Northern Homs reported that the Syrian government forces arrested Ayman al-Naji, the former commander of the al-Tawheed Army and his deputy, who is called Abu Dabah. The source added that the commanders have recently joined the Syrian government forces’ ranks and they are from Talbiseh.

Dozens of protesters demonstrated in commemoration of the anniversary of displacing the residents from the Eastern Aleppo neighborhoods, Northern Syria, by the Syrian government forces and Russia.

Muhammad Khair al-Hsoun, the Aleppo City Sector coordinator in the Shabab al-Taghieer Establishment, said that the protesters formed human chains on the road between the town of Khan al-Subl and Aleppo to emphasize the forcibly displaced people’s right to return to their land and to refuse demographic change.  

Forcibly displaced people (FDP) in the city of Jarabulus in Aleppo appealed to humanitarian organizations to provide tents and heating devices after the rainstorm affecting the area overwhelmed and destroyed their tents.

FDP from the Deir al-Zor governorate in Eastern Syria, who live in a camp that includes 300 tents near jarabulus, said that rainfalls caused floods that destroyed ten tents and drowned dozens of others. The FDP water level of height reached 50 cm.

The Northern Syria Response Coordinators Team said that the frequent phenomenon of drawing camps in the area is a cause for the lack of experiences and poor finance of responding to disasters operations.

Residents in the al-Suwayda governorate in Southern Syria complained about the Syrian government’s delay in delivering the residents' diesel allocations during winter.

The resident Fidaa from the village of Nimrat Shahba said that he had received only 150 out of 300 liters of diesel so far. Fidaa added that the 150 liters were insufficient, forcing him to use wood that is from 50 to 60,000 Syrian pounds per ton.  

On Friday, a bomb explosion injured three civilians near a hospital in the town of al-Kishkiah in Deir al-Zor.

A local source reported that unknown bombers planted the bomb in front of the hospital in al-Kishkiyah and some expert civilians moved it to an empty area near the municipality building and detonated it.

A 50 years old man died in a Turkish hospital following his injury in a previous Syrian government forces’ bombing on the city of Mourek in Northern Hama.

Political and international updates:

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Syrian government runs psychological war by claiming that its forces entered the Manbij area in Eastern Aleppo. Erdogan added that the Turkish delegation headed by Mevlut Cavusoglu, the foreign minister would travel to Russia to discuss the Syrian issue in details on Saturday.   

Erdogan said in a press conference, “We reject dividing Syria, our aim is expelling terrorist organizations, and when this is achieved, we would have nothing to do in the country.” (...) We aim to teach the People’s Protection Units (YPG) the necessary lesson, and we quite insist on that”, according to Turkish media outlets.

Erdogan delivered his statements as the Syrian government announced that its forces entered the Manbij area and raised its flag. The FSA and local activists denied the Syrian government forces’ announcement. The YPG called the Syrian government forces to enter the area to prevent the expected Turkish military against the YPG in areas east of the Euphrates.