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FSA condemns Arab countries’ embassies reopening in Damascus; High Negotiations Committee considers reopening of embassies in Damascus unrealistic

Editing: Ayham Nasif |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Nouha Salti

Field and local news:

On Saturday, the National Liberation Front (NLF) of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) said that reopening some of the embassies of Arab countries in Damascus is an attempt to legitimize the rule of the Syrian government.

The NLF said in a statement, “After years of bragging about human rights (…) Some Arab countries are trying to reestablish their relations with the Syrian government (…) In the beginning, understandings were made for the Arab countries to abandon the Syrian Revolution, then there were secret meetings with Syrian government officials (…) followed by reopening the embassies of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.”

In Northern Syria, jewelers and money exchange shop owners in the governorates of Aleppo and Idlib announced their intention to start a general strike to denounce frequent robberies in the two governorates, after unknown persons robbed a money exchanger and killed a civilian accompanying him.

The unknown persons killed a young man, injured a money exchanger, and stole their money in the city of Sarmada, Northern Idlib.

In Aleppo, a fire occurred in the al-Muqawanah Camp near the village of Shamarikh, injuring a child who was transported by his father to the Blue Crescent Hospital in the city of Azaz.

In Central Syria, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) announced blocking a Syrian government forces advance attempt accompanied by artillery and missile shelling in Northern Hama.

The Hama governorate council demanded the HTS to release the council member Ziyad Naddaf, who has been detained in an HTS prison for two months. The council said in a statement that the HTS is detaining Naddaf without a charge.

The local council of the city of Kafr Zayta, Northern Hama, appealed to agricultural organizations to provide farmers with fertilizers and insecticides to avoid the spread of a fungal infection after heavy rain in the region.

In Eastern Syria, a shooting by unknown persons killed a civilian and three Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) members in Eastern Deir al-Zor, while another SDF member died from complications after an earlier injury caused by an explosive device in Eastern Deir al-Zor.

In Western al-Raqqa, the explosion of a hand grenade left behind by the Islamic State (IS) killed a child and injured a young man.

International and political news:

The High Negotiations Committee (HNC) of the Riyadh II conference said that the process of “politically rehabilitating the Syrian government is unrealistic, and prolongs the suffering of the Syrian people.”

The HNC said in a statement that the Arab countries and the Syrian people’s friends “should not build their policies toward the Syrian government on hopes and unrealistic assumptions that encourage the Syrian government’s tyranny and injustice.