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HTS summons prominent figures in Western Aleppo; Erdogan says that targeting International Coalition forces in Manbij aims at affecting US forces withdrawal from Syria

Editing: Ayham Nasif |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Local and field updates:

On Thursday, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) sent judiciary notifications to former administrators in the Revolutionary Committee and the local council of the city of Atarib, western Aleppo, Northern Syria. The HTS demanded the administrators attend the court within hours, under accountability.  

The HTS forced the members of the Free Police, who joint the HTS, western Aleppo, to undergo a Shari’a course. The HTS demanded the police members work with it, threatening to prevent them from working in the area.   

The Baytouna Syria and People in Need Organizations suspended supporting a women agency, and a kindergarten in Atarib after the HTS controlled the city.

The Salvation Government operating in areas controlled by the HTS formed a new local council in Atarib. The members of the old local council resigned after the HTS controlled the city.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)’ Manbij Military Council arrested seven people in the Manbij area, eastern Aleppo, Northern Syria, on charges of cooperating with the Turkish intelligence and Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions.

On Thursday, an infant died, and five members of one family were injured due to a fire in the Zoughara a camp for forcibly displaced people near the city of Jarabulus in Aleppo.  

Unknown shooters killed an HTS fighter and injured another near the city of Khan Sheikhoun, southern Idlib, Northern Syria. A military commander in the al-Sham Legion of the National Liberation Front survived an assassination attempt in the city of Salqin, northern Idlib.

The Autonomous Defence Committee of the Autonomous Administration launched an arrest campaign in the al-Hasakah governorate, Northeastern Syria, to recruit young men.

The Autonomous Defense Committee of the al-Raqqa Civil Council arrested 15 young men in the villages of al-Bade’ and Khirbat al-Ruz, for compulsory recruitment.

A landmine explosion injured a worker as he was removing the rubble of a building in the al-Haramiya neighborhood in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

An unknown source from a relief organization in al-Raqqa and other local sources reported that 70 families have arrived in al-Raqqa during the recent two days. The families came from the city of al-Shu’fa and cities of al-Susah and al-Kashma in the southeastern Deir al-Zor countryside, Eastern Syria, fleeing battles between the SDF and Islamic State (IS.)

On Wednesday, rainwater overwhelmed 300 hectares of agricultural fields in the al-Ghab Plain area in the Hama countryside, Central Syria, threatening to destroy the entire production.

The Syrian government forces in the city of Hama, Central Syria, arrested four teachers from the Maarrat al-Nu’man area in Idlib.

A wall of an under construction building collapsed due to the wind in the Bab Musalah neighborhood in Damascus, injuring a civilian.  

On Thursday, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) documented that the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias have killed 3,028 civilians, including 531 children and 472 women in sectarian crimes since the start of the Syrian Revolution in 2011.

Political and international updates:

On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that targeting the International Coalition forces in the city of Manbij, eastern Aleppo, may aim at affecting the United States’ decision to withdraw from Syria.

Erdogan delivered his statement in a joint press conference with his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović in Ankara.

Erdogan added that he thinks that President Trump will not retract his decision to withdraw the US forces from Syria because such step is considered as a triumph for the IS.