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Syrian government helicopters shell southern Idlib, killing and injuring civilians; Iran seeks to raise trade exchange level with Syrian government to billion dollars

Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
Translation: Glory Jabr
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Update date: 2019/11/13 19:54

Local and field news:

On Wednesday, Syrian government helicopters shelled the village of Kafar Sijnah in southern Idlib, Northern Syria, killing three civilians. The Syrian government helicopters also dropped explosive barrels on the villages of Hizareen and Maar Zita, southern Idlib. Russian warplanes shelled the city of Kafr Nubl and the village of Darat al-Kabira.

The Syrian government forces stationed in the Kurd Mountains in Latakia governorate shelled the town of Bdama of the Jisr al-Shughur area, injuring three civilians.

Clashes between the Syrian government forces and Islamic battalions killed a number of Syrian government forces’ members in the vicinity of Kabana village in Latakia governorate, Western Syria.

The United Nations sent a humanitarian convoy to the governorate of Idlib, Northern Syria, from Turkish territory. The convoy included 42 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid, without knowing whether they are loaded with food, medicine or health care aid.

On Aug. 30, 2019, Russia announced a ceasefire from the Syrian government forces’ side in southern Idlib and northern Hama. The Syrian government forces and Russia have launched a campaign of intense aerial shelling on the region since April, killing and injuring hundreds of people. This intense campaign also caused the displacement of nearly one million people, and destroyed infrastructure, such as hospitals and schools.


Shooting killed two fighters of the Syrian National Army, which is affiliated with the Syrian Interim Government, near the al-Ra'i town, 50 kilometers northeast of Aleppo, Northern Syria.

On Tuesday, the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army confirmed that it arrested members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Syriac-Assyrian Military Council of the SDF said that the National Army arrested three of its members in al-Hasakah governorate, Northeastern Syria. 

Dozens of forcibly displaced people (FDP) from northern and eastern Aleppo organized a three-day sit-in in the city of Jarabulus, eastern Aleppo. The FDP demanded the return of their areas, which are controlled by the SDF.

Earlier, the Syrian National Army stated that they intend to resume military operations against the SDF in areas of Northeastern Syria, under the pretext that the SDF did not abide by the ceasefire agreement in the region.

A US military convoy withdrew from the military base in the village of Sareen in the area of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) near Aleppo, Northern Syria. The convoy headed on the international road towards al-Hasakah, while another convoy entered the town of Maabada in al-Hasakah from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

The Initial Response Team (IRT) of the al-Raqqa Civil Council pulled the bodies of two Islamic State members out from the cemetery in the al-Salhabiya village near al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria. The IRT re-buried them in the cemetery of Tal al-Bayah (Martyrs), northeastern al-Raqqa. .

The Air Force Intelligence of the Syrian government arrested three young men while they were crossing from temporary checkpoints in the village of Abu Susah in the governorate of al-Raqqa to go to the town of Ayn Issa. No one knows the reason for the arrest or where they were taken.

On Tuesday night, unknown persons attacked a checkpoint of the Syrian government forces on the road between the villages of Gharz and Um al-Mayadeen, eastern Daraa, killing three members of them.

On Tuesday, dozens of people demonstrated in several areas in the governorate of Daraa, which is controlled by the Syrian government forces, Southern Syria. The demonstrators demanded the release of detainees and an end to the Iranian presence in the governorate.

Dozens of university students held a sit-in in front of the governorate building to protest the killing of a university student after being shot by a member of a kidnapping gang. The students demanded the transfer of the university headquarters from the town of Ariqa to another place.

On Tuesday, a member of a kidnapping gang opened fire at the entrance to the Literature Faculty of the Ariqa University, killing the student Wassim Taroudi and injuring his classmate, Mulham Shaheen, in his foot.

International and political news:

The head of the Iranian-Syrian Joint Chamber of Commerce, Kiwan Kashefi, announced that Iran is seeking to raise the level of trade exchange with Syria to one billion dollars in the next two years.

In a speech at the Iran-Syria Business Opportunities Forum in Tehran on Tuesday, Kashefi said that raising the level of trade exchange from $ 500 million to $ 1 billion would be achievable in the next two years, according to Iranian media.

During the forum, the Syrian government called on Iranian companies to invest in the reconstruction of Syria, expressing its readiness to provide aid and incentives to them.

Iran is one of the Syrian government’s most important allies and political and military supporters, as it provided the Syrian government with militias to fight alongside it. Iran is also working to strengthen its influence in Syria economically and religiously. It has signed several economic agreements, and bought real estate and lands in areas controlled by the Syrian government.

On Wednesday, a Hungarian court began judging a Syrian former member of the Islamic State on charges of terrorism and crimes against humanity when he was with the IS in 2015.