HTS gains control of most villages in western Aleppo; John R. Bolton travels to Ankara to discuss US forces’ withdrawal from Syria
Local and field news:
In Northern Syria, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) gained control of seven villages in western Aleppo after clashes with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), amidst negotiations between both parties to relocate FSA members in the area to the northern Aleppo countryside.
The FSA gained control of two villages and a strategic hill in western Aleppo after fierce clashes with the HTS, which attempts to gain total control of the area.
The National Liberation Front of the FSA and the HTS clashed in western and northwestern Aleppo using medium and heavy weapons. The clashes injured seven civilians, including a woman.
The FSA factions gained control of the town of Talmans, southern Idlib; the town is the last HTS stronghold, east of the city of Maarrat al-Nu’man.
The HTS detained two FSA commander after the HTS stormed their houses in the city of Khan Shaykhoun.
Dozens of people demonstrated after the Friday prayers in the city of Maarrat al-Nu’man, 34 kilometers south of Idlib, Northern Syria, protesting the HTS and supporting the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in their fight against the HTS.
In Idlib, the Education Directorate stated that it would close the school in the area due to the ongoing infighting between the HTS and the FSA.
In Central Syria, Abdul Razzak al-Hussein, a media officer of the Jaysh al-Izzah of the FSA, said that an FSA sniper killed a Syrian government forces member from the al-Masasnah checkpoint in northern Hama while he was scouting the FSA locations.
The International Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) bombed a house in the village of al-Keshkiah, 90 kilometers east of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, killing 11 members of one family, including four children.
In al-Hasakah, the rainfall increased the water level in the rivers of Jaghjagh and Khabur, flooding about 60 percent of displaced people’s tents in the al-Sad camp.
People residing in the al-Mufti and al-Dahiah neighborhoods in the Autonomous Administration-controlled city of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, complain about a lack of services, declined road conditions, and problems of the sewage systems in the city.
International and political news:
On Friday, John R. Bolton the National Security Advisor of the United States announced that he would travel to Ankara with US officials to coordinate the US forces’ withdrawal from Syria.
Bolton tweeted that he will visit Turkey with James Franklin Jeffrey, the United States Special Representative for Syria and Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The United Nations expressed its concern about the safety of Syrians who are banned from entering Algeria and stuck at Algeria’s southern border. The UN called on the Algerian authorities to allow Syrian in.