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Russian shelling injures child in Idlib; US official says Trump is willing to "slow down" US forces withdrawal from Syria

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TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Maan Salti

Field and local developments:

On Monday, a Russian missile shelling injured a child in the village of Baksaryah in the Jisr al-Shughur area, 30 kilometers west of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Hussam Zlayto, the head of the Civil Defense in the village of Badama, told SMART that Russian battleships in the Mediterranean Sea targeted the perimeter of Baksaryah with a ballistic missile, injuring a child, while Russian warplanes targeted the villages of Maraand and al-Zaainah in Western Idlib.

The opposition faction Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Nour al-Din al-Zinki Movement affiliated with the National Liberation Front (NLF) agreed to close the case of the four HTS members killed in the village of Talaadah, Northern Idlib.

The agreement included assigning Judge Anan Ayrout to the case, as both parties pledged to commit to Ayrout's decisions and verdict.

In Aleppo, the Manbij Youth Council and the Young Women Union of the Autonomous Administration organized a sit-in in the village of Arab Hassan Kabir in the Manbij area on Sunday to denounce the Turkish threats of launching a military operation against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

Salah Jumaa, the joint president of the Manbij Youth Council, told SMART that the sit-in will last for three days, and will include activities and speeches by delegations of different Syrian ethnicities to confirm the condemnation of the Turkish threats.

In Southern Syria, unknown persons raised the Syrian Revolution flag over the main square in the city of Jasim, 42 kilometers north of Daraa.

A local source told SMART that unknown young men from the city raised the Syrian Revolution flag over the Abu Tammam Square. No further details were reported.

In Eastern Syria, the Syrian government forces sent reinforcements to two villages near the city of Albu Kamal, Eastern Deir al-Zor.

Private sources told SMART on Sunday that the Syrian government sent reinforcements comprised of 5th Legion members, tanks, and military vehicles to the villages of al-Sukkariyah and Huwayjat al-Mashahdah.

International and political developments:

The United States republican senator Lindsey Graham, who is close to the US President Donald Trump, said that Trump is willing to slow down the troop withdrawal from Syria in order to defeat the Islamic State (IS) permanently.

Graham told reporters at the White House that the US president is "very committed to making sure that when we leave Syria, that ISIS is completely defeated (…) The president understands the need to finish the job, so we will slow down things in a smart way," according to AFP.

On Sunday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the relations between Turkey and Germany with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They also discussed the developments in Syria, undocumented immigration into Europe, and fighting terrorism.

The Syrian government Ministry of Economy and Trade signed a draft agreement with the Iranian Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, granting the Iranian ministry "long term" investments in Syria.

The Syrian government news agency SANA reported the Syrian Minister of Economy Mohammad al-Khalil as saying that the economic and strategic agreement between the two countries includes collaboration in finance, banking, and the rebuilding of Syria.