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Clashes occur in al-Bab city in Aleppo after police tried to close market; COVID-19 kills one person in Syria  

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Syria - SMART 

Local and field news:

On Saturday, the Police and General Security Forces closed a local market in the city of al-Bab, 39 kilometers east of the city of Aleppo, Northern Syria, as a precautionary procedure to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Local activists reported to SMART that patrols of the Police and General Security Forces closed the Nouvaute Market, forcing a man to object to closing the market and shoot gunfire against the forces. The shooting injured a police member and killed a fighter of the Ahrar al-Sharqiah Gathering.

A medical source in the University Hospital in the Syrian government-controlled city of Aleppo, Northern Syria confirmed the death of one person and the infection of ten others with coronavirus (COVID-19).

On Saturday, the medical source reported to SMART that after sending testing samples for suspected cases to Damascus, one of the cases died in the hospital hours after entering it. The tests of this person, who is a father of one child, confirmed his infection with COVID-19 as well as the infection of his child and wife.

The source added that they sent 17 samples for testing and eight of them were positive.

The Turkish Army relocated one of its military posts in the town of Badama, west of the city of Idlib, Northern Syria, to the nearby village of al-Najiah.

Eyewitnesses reported to Bawaba Halab, one of SMART media projects, that the Turkish Army relocated more than 20 military vehicles, including tanks and heavy mortars, and about 150 soldiers from Badama to al-Najiah, making this the second Turkish location in the village.

The eyewitnesses added that several dignitaries from Badama called on Turkish officers to stay in the town, but the officers informed them that the Turkish command issued the decision to relocate the post from Badama to the village of Ayn Hour west of Idlib, which is located on frontlines with the Syrian government forces.

The eyewitnesses mentioned that the Turkish Army relocated the military vehciles to al-Najiah, preparing to move them to Ayn Hour later.

Unknown persons shot and killed a Syrian government forces member in the city of Daraa, Southern Syria.

Local sources reported to SMART that unknown persons directly targeted Fuad al-Qayyas, who is a member of the Syrian government military security, next to his house, killing him immediately.

The sources added that Abu al-Qayyas was a former Free Syrian Army fighter and later joined the military security following reconciliation agreements in Daraa.

The Syrian government prevented the movement of citizens between its controlled governorates starting from Mar. 29, 2020, as a precautionary procedure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Syrian government media channels reported that the governmental team, which is deployed to follow-up on precautions against COVID-19, decided to totally prevent movement of citizens between the governorates and all areas starting from Mar. 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm until further notice.  

People in the city of Abu Kamal, 122 kilometers southeast of the city of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, complained about the delay of delivering bread in distributing centers in several neighborhoods of the city.

Local sources reported to SMART that some employees at distributing centers sell the bread in curfew hours, preventing people from exiting their houses fearing detention. The sources added that when bread is provided in the centers, people rush to buy in large numbers, increasing the possibility of the spread of COVID-19 infection among them.

The sources also said that some people, who cannot reach bread due to the lack of cars that transport bread to their homes, tried to head to distributing center in curfew hours but Syrian government forces patrols prevented them from exiting and forced them to go back home.  

Floods killed seven people in the al-Raqqa countryside, Northeastern Syria.

A source from the Rescue Team of the Initial Response Team in al-Raqqa, said that floods in the village of al-Akirshi, 17 kilometers southeast of al-Raqqa, killed seven people, including a woman and two children, while three other people disappeared.

The source added that people and municipality workers are still searching for the missing people and are helping people who are stuck in their houses due to the floods.