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FSA says that Syrian government's entry to Manbij as merely propaganda war; US commanders recommend that Kurdish People's Protection Units retain weapons

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Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Glory Jabr
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Publication date: 2018/12/29 11:25

Field and local news:

The military council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the city of Manbij, Eastern Aleppo, Northern Syria, said that the Syrian government’s announcement that its forces entered the city is merely a propaganda war. The military council added that the United States forces are still in the city and that if the Syrian government tries to enter it, the FSA will use the military option.

On Friday, an official in the Kurdish Autonomous Administration said that Russia supervised the agreement between the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian government forces on the entry of the latter to the city of Manbij.

Dozens of people from about 17 parties in the Kurdish Autonomous Administration-controlled areas of al-Qamishli, Northern al-Hasakah, participated in a demonstration to condemn the expected Turkish military operation in the area.

The Rojava Kurdistan Intellectuals Union held the sixth conference in the city of al-Qamishli, Northern al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria. It is the second conference to be held in Syria after four conferences have been held outside Syria since 2004. The Union includes some writers, filmmakers, playwrights, and painters.

On Friday, the International Coalition aircraft launched air raids on the Islamic State (IS) sites in the towns of al-Shaafa and al-Kashma, 114 kilometers east of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.

The IS shelled the sites of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia that supports the Syrian government forces in the al-Kataf neighborhood in the city of Albukamal, 112 kilometers east of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria. No information about losses was reported.

On Friday, an explosive device planted by unknown persons near a hospital in the town of al-Kashkiya in Deir al-Zor injured three civilians. Some civilians, who have some experience, transferred the explosive device to an empty area near the municipal building and exploded it there.

On Friday, workers found the body of an unknown person under the rubble of a house in the neighborhood of al-Haramiya in al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria. The workers will hand over the body to the Initial Response Team of the al-Raqqa local council on Saturday because Friday is an official holiday.

About 200 people participated in a demonstration in the city of Binnish in Idlib, Northern Syria, under the title “No reconstruction until Bashar falls.” The demonstrators demanded the overthrow of the Syrian regime and the release of detainees in its prisons.

Residents of the al-Huwiyja village in the area of Sahl al-Ghab, Northern Hama, Central Syria, complained about the sewage network damaged as a result of repeated shelling by the Syrian government forces on the area. The shelling destroyed the infrastructure of the village and caused erosion of soil from Jabal Shahshabo to it.

People in the governorate of Quneitra appealed to all parties to transfer the waste accumulated in the governorate for fear of an epidemic and the spread of serious diseases. The people said that the waste accumulated due to the neglect of the Syrian government’s municipalities that dismissed former employees and failed to provide residential areas with garbage containers.

Political and international news:

On Saturday, Reuters quoted US officials as saying that four US commanders recommended that the YPG retain weapons obtained from the International Coalition against the IS after the US forces withdrew from Syria,

One of the US commanders said that fighting against the IS is not over and that they cannot simply begin to ask for the conquest. Another commander said that the idea that they can restore weapons is foolish so that they will leave it in place.