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Syrian Interim Government says that no COVID-19 cases were registered in Northern Syria; Russia and Turkey deploy joint patrols in Aleppo

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Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/04/17 17:01
Update date: 2020/04/18 14:39

Syria - SMART

Local and field news:

The Health Ministry of the Syrian Interim Government said that tests’ results of patients, who were suspected to have COVID-19 in Northern Syria, were confirmed negative.

In a statement, the Ministry added that the total number of conducted tests until Apr. 17, 2020, reached 197, and all of them were confirmed negative.

On Friday, the Syrian Interim Government issued new precautionary procedures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Northern Syria.

The government issued a decision saying that the movement of people and public vehicles between the areas of Afrin, Azaz, Jindayris, al-Sheikh Hadid, Rajo, Mabatli, Bulbul, and Sharan will stop, starting from Friday at 6:00 p.m until further notice.

On Thursday, the Russian military police and the Turkish Army deployed a joint patrol in the countryside of the city of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), 130 kilometers northeast of the city of Aleppo, Northern Syria.

Local sources reported to SMART that a Russian-Turkish joint patrol of three military vehicles was deployed in the villages on the Syrian-Turkish border, under air cover.

A Turkish military convoy entered the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, via the Kafr Lusin crossing.

Local sources reported to SMART that the Turkish convoy that included armored and heavy vehicles entered from the Kafr Lusin crossing and headed for Turkish observation posts in Idlib.

Calories in the food packages, provided by the World Health Program, were reduced by 1855 calories in each package, according to a questionnaire done by the Response Coordination Group.

Muhammad Hallaj, head of the Group, reported to SMART that beneficiaries in the Idlib governorate are concerned about this reduction, as it might be followed by another reduction due to the international economic crisis after the COVID-19 spread. The beneficiaries are also concerned from a possible reduction in the number of beneficiaries.

On Thursday, a fire in a bakery in the village of Kafr Dariyan, 30 kilometers north of the city of Idlib, injured a civilian.

A local activist reported to SMART that a fire broke out in a bakery in Kafr Dariyan due to a damaged generator, injuring a worker in the bakery.

Unknown persons killed a Syrian government forces officer west of the city of Daraa, Southern Syria amidst increasing assassinations and attacks against Syrian government forces members in the governorate.

Activists reported to SMART that unknown persons shot and killed Lieutenant Hussein Fawaz Ramadan in the town of Khirbat Qais, west of Daraa.  

On Thursday, the Syrian government announced extending work suspension until further notice in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Syrian government media channels reported that the Syrian government extended the work suspension for employees in governmental institutes until further notice, adding that ministers will organize the work in each related institute in order to achieve safety requirements with the minimum number of employees.

Syrian government forces prevented dozens of Syrian citizens from entering Syria through the Lebanese border.

On a Friday, a man, who was prevented from entering Syria, said that the Syrian government forces border guards prevented about 60 to 70 people are gathering on the Jdeidat Yabous border crossing from entering Syria; the guards shot gunfire in the air to prevent the people from advancing.

In the last 24 hours, prices of food and vegetables increased by about 15 percent in the Syrian Democratic Forces-controlled city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

Shop owners reported to SMART that one kilogram of tomatoes reached 850 Syrian pound after it was 750 SYP, while one kilogram of potatoes increased from 500 to 650 SYP.

On Thursday, the Asayish forces of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration stormed a makeshift camp north of al-Raqqa and detained four displaced people from the Deir al-Zor governorate.

A private source from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units reported to SMART that members of the Asayish forces stormed a makeshift camp near the village of Tal al-Saman, 30 kilometers north of the city of al-Raqqa, and detained three men and a woman.