HTS advances in FSA-controlled areas in Northern Syria; preparations for Eastern Euphrates Battle are nearly completed
Field and local news:
On Tuesday, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) gained control of villages in southern Idlib, Northern Syria, after clashes with National Liberation Front (NLF) fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), as it is trying to advance in other villages in the region. The HTS also gained control of two villages in the al-Ghab Plain area, 60 kilometers northwest of Hama, Central Syria, following clashes with the Ahrar-al-Sham Islamist Movement of the FSA.
On Tuesday, the HTS killed a fighter of the Ahrar al-Sham in clashes in the al-Ghab Plain area in Hama, Central Syria.
On Monday, the NLF refused to hand over its areas in southern Idlib, Northern Syria, to the HTS following negotiations.
On Tuesday, the Ahrar al-Sham confirmed that it will fight the HTS in the governorates of Idlib and Hama in Northern and Central Syria, calling on Ahrar al-Sham fighters to be ready.
On Tuesday, military brigades of the FSA’s Jaysh al-Nasr announced its neutrality of the fighting in Northern and Central Syria, between factions and the HTS.
On Tuesday, gunfire by members of the Ahrar al-Sham injured a woman in southern Idlib, Northern Syria.
On Tuesday, dozens of residents in the city of Maarrat al-Nu'man in southern Idlib, Northern Syria, protested against the HTS.
On Tuesday, a woman and her child died and her husband was injured after the roof of their house collapsed due to heavy rain in the city of al-Bab in eastern Aleppo, Northern Syria.
On Tuesday, a motorcycle exploded in al-Nour Street in the center of the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, killing a child and injuring three civilians.
On Tuesday, an explosive device left behind the Islamic State (IS) exploded in western al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, killing a child.
The IS attacked Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)’ outposts in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.
The Syrian government forces arrested young men from the city of Albukamal near Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, on various charges including dealing with the IS.
On Tuesday, the prices of heating wood increased by 50 percent in the al-Rukban camp on the Jordanian border, 240 kilometers southeast of Homs, Central Syria, amidst significant low temperature.
Political and international news:
On Monday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that "U.S. withdrawal from Syria must be planned carefully and with the right partners."
Erdogan added that Turkey has nearly completed the preparations for a military operation in the area east of the Euphrates River in Syria.
On Tuesday, the leader of the Turkish Nationalist Movement opposition party, Devlet Bahçeli, said that the Turkish Army should enter the areas east of the Euphrates River in Syria without regard to the United States statement about withdrawing its forces from the region.
On Tuesday, the United Kingdom (UK) stated that London does not intend to reopen its embassy in Syria. The UK closed its embassy in 2012.