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Afrin military police release activist Rania al-Halabi; Trump threatens to devastate Turkey's economy if they attack Kurds in Syria

Editing: Ayham Nasif |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2019/01/14 10:51

Local and field news:

On Sunday, the military police in the city of Afrin, 43 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria, released the civil activist Rania al-Halabi four days after detaining her without charges.

The Salvation Government, which operates in Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)-controlled areas in Northern Syria, prevented religious sermons in mosques in southern Idlib unless they obtain a written permission from the Salvation Government.

The Idlib city council of the Salvation Government called on shop owners to obtain a license from the council to sell food. The council also announced that taxi drivers need to obtain similar licenses to work.

The Free Police in the towns of Maarrat Hermah and Tarmalah in southern Idlib handed over all their equipment to the local councils after shutting down its offices.

The local council of the town of al-Rai, southeast of the city of Aleppo, announced launching the first ambulance system that links all areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Turkish forces in the northern and eastern Aleppo countrysides.

In Northeastern Syria, hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi families, including families of Islamic State (IS) members, arrive in the al-Hawl camp (70 kilometers south of al-Hasakah) from the nearby Deir al-Zor governorate.

Malfunctioning household heaters caught fire in the governorates of al-Hasakah and al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, killing an infant and injuring a woman with severe burns.

SMART obtained a news leak revealing an unpublished agreement between commanders in the FSA in Daraa, Southern Syria, and Russia. In the agreement, Russia guaranteed a safe exit for the FSA commanders in exchange for managing issues in Daraa.

A couple of days ago, the commander of the al-Bunyan al-Marsous operations room, Jihad Masalmah, left Daraa for the United Arab Emirates from the Damascus International Airport.

On Sunday night, unknown persons ripped up pictures of the Syrian government President Bashar al-Assad in the city of Dail, 16 kilometers north of Daraa. The Syrian government forces detained two young men from the city.

Activists reported to SMART that unknown persons wrote phrases denouncing the settlement agreements with the Syrian government forces and condemning the young men who joined the compulsory conscription with the Syrian government forces. The phrases included, "The settlement is humiliation before death," and, "Compulsory military services is fighting for the non-believers."

On the Syrian-Jordanian border, a fire in the Rukban camp injured a woman.

International and political news:

On Sunday night, the US President Donald Trump threatened to devastate Turkey's economy if they launch a military operation against the Kurds in Syria.

Trump tweeted, "Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds. Create 20 mile safe zone (…) likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey."

Trump added that the United States is starting to pull out their forces from Syria and that they will continue the attacks against the IS from nearby US bases.