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Infight between al-Zinki Movement and HTS kills and injures civilians in Western Aleppo and HTS seizes control of strategic mountain

Editing: Hasan Borhan |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |

Local and field updates:

On Tuesday, infight between the Nureddin al-Zinki Movement of the National Liberation Front (NLF), and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) killed two civilians and injured others in Western Aleppo, Northern Syria.  

Constant clashes killed and injured HTS and al-Zinki  Movement fighters in Western Aleppo.

On Tuesday, the HTS seized control of the al-Sheikh Brakat near the city of Darat Izzah in Western Aleppo following clashes with the NLF. The NLF sent military reinforcement to support its fighters in the area.

The NLF said that the HTS attempts to exploit the incident of killing four HTS fighters in the village of Tal-’Ada in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, to expand its control on the expense of the NLF areas in Western Aleppo.

The HTS said that its disagreement is only with the al-Zinki movement and that it will not attack the rest of the NLF factions in Western Aleppo.

Dozens of residents in three villages in Western Aleppo protested against the HTS and its attack on the al-Zinki Movement.

Dozens of residents organized a night demonstration in the city of Atarib, 30 kilometers west of Aleppo, to support the Syrian Revolution.

On Tuesday, the People’s Protection Units intelligence service arrested two people in the al-Raqqa governorate, Northeastern Syria, on charges of cooperating with Turkish intelligence.

On Tuesday, the Asayish forces arrested a person possessing 40,000 drug Captagon tablets in the al-Raqqa.

On Monday night and Tuesday morning, unknown people wrote new anti-Syrian government phrases on the fronts of shops and walls in the city of al-Sanamin and town of al-Mata’iyah in the Daraa governorate, Southern Syria.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights documented the killing of 6,964 civilians, including 1,436 children and 9,233 women in Syria in 2018. The Syrian government forces and loyalist Iranian militias killed most of the victims.

Local activists documented the killing of 2,42 people from the Hama governorate, Central Syria, by Syrian government forces’ and Russian bombings on areas outside of the Syrian government control in Northern Syria in 2018.

On Monday night and Tuesday morning, the Syrian government forces opened fire on the occasion of New Year's Eve in the governorates of Homs, Hama, and al-Hasakah, injuring 11 civilians, including six children.

Farmers in Eastern Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, accused the Civil Council of the Syrian Democratic Council of corruption and stealing their oil allocations.


Political and international updates:

On Tuesday, Kuwait stated that it expects more Arab countries to re-open their embassies in the Syrian Capital of Damascus in the coming days.

On Tuesday, the Turkish Defense Ministry stated that Turkey would commit to its vows of fighting the Islamic State (IS) in the coming days. Turkish president informed his American counterpart that Ankara could eliminate the IS in Syria.