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Russian airstrikes kill and injure people in southern Idlib; Russian soldiers burn body of Syrian government forces defected member after torturing him

Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith


Local and field updates:

On Sunday, Russian airstrikes killed and injured 12people in the city of Saraqib and the al-Arba’een mountainous area in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria.  

Eyewitnesses and local activists reported that Russian warplanes bombed the village of al-Malaja, southern Idlib, killing three women,two children, and a man, and injuring three civilians. The activists and eyewitnesses noted that the victim are from one family. 

Salvation Government operating in areas controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama governorates resigned. 

Mulham Ahmad, a spokesperson for the Salvation Government stated that in the coming days, the Consultative Council will hold a meeting to discuss the resignation. Ahmad noted that the council has two choices either to prolong the term of office of the current government or to approve the resignation and appoint a new Prime Minister.

Astray shots killed a civilian and injured another in front of the headquarters of Police and General Security Forces in the city of al-Bab, eastern Aleppo, Northern Syria. Protesters attempted to storm the headquarters in protest against deteriorating security conditions. 

Residents and traders went on a strike in al-Bab to protest deteriorating security conditions. 90 percent of the shops closed and students refrained from attending school. 

On Sunday, Osama Hajara, Civil Defense manager in al-Bab reported that on Saturday, a car bomb exploded near a bus station in al-Bab. Hajar added that the explosion killed 14 people,including a child and six unknown men, and injured 52 other people, including six children and a woman. 

Police and General Security Forces arrested the bombers as they raided the house of a suspected person after circulating his photo, amidst constant investigations.

On Sunday, clashes erupted between two families in the city of Azaz, 46 kilometers north of Aleppo, the clashes injured four people. 

On Sunday, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) prominent commander said that the SDF, Russia, and Turkey agreed to stop military operations in the Tal-Tamr area near the al-Hasakah governorate, Northeastern Syria. The Trukish backed Syrian National Army denied the SDF claims. 

Prices of food materials and fuel increased in the city of Daraa, Southern Syria controlled by the Syrian government. Syrian Lira exchange rate decreased against the United States (US) dollar.

Prices of major materials increased amidst shortage in the city of Tal-Abyad that the National Army lately controlled in the al-Raqqa governorate, Northeastern Syria.

Bus drivers complained about decreased amounts of fuel that Syrian government allowed the drivers to obtain for a low price at gas stations by smart cards in Damascus.


Political and international updates:

Russian soldiers burnt the body of a man after they tortured and dismembered him at the al-Sha’er oil field, eastern Homs, Central Syria. A relative of the victim reported that the latter defected from Syrian government forces. 

Activists circulated two videos on social media. One of the videos showed soldiers speaking Russian as they were hammering the limbs of a man dressed in civil clothes. The second video showed the soldiers standing next to the man beheaded with hands cut. The soldiers hung him upside down, poured oil and set him on fire. 

The activists circulated the first video for the first time in March 2017. On Saturday, November 16, 2019, the activists circulated the second video. On comparing the videos, it seemed that the incident took place in one location as the victim’s clothes are the same. The Russian soldiers were wearing the same uniform and speaking Russian.   

The US allocated a $5 millions reward for those who provide information about five Christian clergymen whom the Islamic State (IS) kidnapped in Syria.   

On Friday, the US Department of State stated through the Rewards for Justice website on twitter saying that the IS kidnapped the five clergymen, including Pope Paolo, six years ago. The department added that the US will give $ five millions for those who provide information about the clergymen’s locations or the IS kidnapping network.