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Authorities take precautionary procedures against coronavirus in Northern Syria; Turkey and Russia agree on details of ceasefire agreement in Idlib

Editing: Ayham Nasif |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/03/13 17:22

Local and field news:

In Northern Syria, the management of the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey announced closing the crossing and preventing travelers from Turkey as precautionary procedures against the coronavirus COVID-19.

The managements of the Awn al-Dadat and Abu Zindayn crossings in the Aleppo governorate, Northern Syria, took precautionary procedures to prevent COVID-19.  

The management of the Bab al-Salamah crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border in Aleppo also took precautionary procedures to prevent COVID-19 by examining travelers coming from Turkey.  

Clashes between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) members and people in the city of Sarmada, 18 kilometers north of the city of Idlib, Northern Syria, injured several people including HTS members.  

On Friday, ten displaced families were affected in a camp in the Idlib governorate due to a storm that hit the region.

The Syrian Turkish Energy Company (STE) started feeding civilians’ houses with electricity in the town of Akhtarin, 40 kilometers north of the city of Aleppo.

A storm destroyed dozens of tents in camps of displaced people in the al-Raqqa governorate, Northeastern Syria.

Turkey announced that a car bomb killed and injured 14 people, including a Turkish soldier, in the Syrian National Army-controlled city of Ras al-Ayn, 73 kilometers north of al-Hasakah.

Unknown missile shelling hit several Iranian bases in the Abu Kamal area, 120 kilometers southeast of the city of Deir al-Zor. Iranian militias in the area were put on alert after the shelling.

On Thursday, the Iranian-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces relocated a fighter from Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, to Iraq as he showed coronavirus COVID-19 symptoms.

An explosion of an anti-aircraft machine gun shell injured three children in the Hajin area, 95 kilometers east of Deir al-Zor. The shell was left behind after clashes with the Islamic State in the area.

On Friday, an explosive device killed a civilian in the Syrian government forces-controlled city of Damascus.

On Thursday, people in the al-Suwayda governorate complained about increasing transportation fees in the governorate.  

A rainstorm with strong wind damages property in the Syrian government forces-controlled city of al-Suwayda.

International and political news:

On Friday, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced signing an agreement with Russia including the details of the ceasefire in Idlib, announced days earlier by the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. 

On Thursday, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, stated, “We cannot allow the tenth year to result in the same carnage, the same flouting of human rights and international humanitarian law, the same inhumanity.”

Guterres added, “We have seen nine years of horrific atrocities, including war crimes. Nine years of human rights abuses on a massive and systematic scale, eroding international norms to new depths of cruelty and suffering," according to Anadolu.

The UNHCR in Jordan said that about half a million Syrian refugees, which are 79 percent of Syrian refugees in Jordan, are living under poverty line with an income of less than $3 a day.