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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham imposes travel restrictions in Northern Syria; Hezbollah claims US is waiting for Iranian militias to exit Syria before withdrawing forces

Editing: Ayham Nasif |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Rose Kajo

Local and field news:

On Sunday, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) imposed restrictions on travelers between its controlled areas and those of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Northern Syria.

Local sources told SMART that HTS fighters in northern Aleppo told travelers going to the FSA-controlled areas of the Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations are banned from returning to the HTS-controlled areas. Travelers from the FSA-controlled areas were banned from entering the HTS-controlled areas.

On the same day, a private anonymous sources told SMART that the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) arrested the nurse Muhannad al-Akl from the city of Kafr Nubl in southern Idlib, Northern Syria, after criticizing the HTS.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said that they carried out four separate military operations against the Turkish forces and cooperating military factions in the Afrin and Ma'ar areas near Aleppo, Northern Syria.

The Free Police organized a demonstration in the city of Andan in northern Aleppo, Northern Syria, to confirm the continuation of their work and denounce attempts to restrict it.

The Syrian pound declined against the US dollar in Northern Syria, losing about 3 percent of its value in January 2019.

The Islamic State assassinated the mayor of the al-Jourthy village in the Deiban district east of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.

Eighty demonstrators protested in the village of al-Hassan in the Deir al-Zor countryside against the local council belonging to the Deir al-Zor Civil Council.

The Initial Response Team (IRT) of the al-Raqqa Civil Council retrieved 16 bodies from a mass grave and destroyed buildings in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

The Syrian government forces arrested a number of young men for compulsory military service at temporary checkpoints in Damascus.

International and political news:

The General Secretary of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said that the United States require the exit of Iranian militias from Syria in return for the withdrawal of the US forces.

On Saturday, Nasrallah said during an interview with the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Mayadeen channel that the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was informed by Russia about the US request, noting that Iran rejected the request and Russia did not press on the matter.

On Sunday, the Russian Army announced that 300 Russian soldiers left Syria after completing their military service in the country.

The Russian Sputnik News Agency reported the spokesman for the Russian Southern Military District, Vadim Astafyev, as saying that about 300 Russian soldiers left Syria after completing their "special service."

Astafyev said that Russian soldiers of the Military Police Battalion 58 returned to their permanent posts in the republic of Dagestan, after "they completed their tasks of protecting public property and maintaining security and order in Syria successfully."