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HTS seizes buildings in southern Idlib; Russia says HTS presence in Idlib contradicts agreements between Moscow and Ankara

Editing: Hasan Borhan |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Maan Salti
Publication date: 2019/01/29 11:00

Field and local developments:

The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) seized buildings in the city of Maarrat al-Nu’man, 75 kilometers south of Idlib, Northern Syria, after HTS members entered the city for the first time.

On Monday, a Russian missile shelling injured four civilians in the city of Kafr Nubl, 36 kilometers south of Idlib.

A car bomb exploded in the city of Azaz, 43 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria, injuring nine civilians.

A landmine left behind by the Syrian government forces exploded in the town of Mahajjah, 45 kilometers north of Daraa, Southern Syria, killing a civilian and injuring two others.

The Initial Response Team (IRT) of the al-Raqqa Civil Council retrieved 14 dead bodies from a mass grave in the al-Raqqa governorate, Northeastern Syria.

The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria documented the killing of 1,411 Palestinian refugees from the Yarmouk refugee camp, southern Damascus, since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011.

The Swedish mobile broadband provider R-Cell started operating in parts of the al-Hasakah governorate after expanding its services from the Iraqi Kurdistan region with the approval of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration.

International and political developments:

The Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the presence of the al-Nusra Front (currently known as the HTS) in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, contradicts the agreements between Moscow and Ankara to resolve the security issue in the area.