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Turkish airstrikes kill HTS fighters in Idlib; SNA fighters prepare to go to Libya

Editing: Hosam Saleem Obaida Al Nabwani |
Translation: Glory Jabr

Local and field news:

On Sunday, a Turkish warplane bombed one of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) sites near the village of al-Nayrab, 8 kilometers east of Idlib, Northern Syria, killing three HTS fighters.

Activists in Idlib reported to SMART that a Bayraktar TB2 drone bombed a military base of the HTS, killing three HTS fighters and injuring others.

Clashes between Turkish forces and protesters in sit-in on the Aleppo-Latakia highway (M4) near the town of al-Nayrab killed a man and injured others, while the Turkish forces were trying to remove barriers put by the protesters to end the sit-in.

The Syrian government's Ministry of Health announced the recovery of five cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Syrian Badia Public and Political Relations Authority said that the Syrian government forces women in the al-Rukban camp to remain in its controlled areas in return for treating the women.

The authority warned of the consequences of such procedures, as most of the women left their children who need care and protection against diseases. The authority appealed to humanitarian organizations and societies to allow the women to return.  

On Saturday, the Syrian government's police force assaulted shops owners in the city of Hama, Central Syria for violating the curfew imposed by the Syrian government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Asayish forces of the Autonomous Administration beat young men in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, due to a personal dispute with one of the Asayish members.

Members from the Ahrar al-Sharqiyah Islamist faction affiliated with the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) assaulted by beating the manager of the Bahar Organization office in the city of Afrin, 44 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria.

On Sunday, prices of vegetables and fruits increased in the Syrian government-controlled city of Jasim, 42 kilometers north of Daraa, Southern Syria, by 50 percent within one day.

People in the al-Suwayda governorate complained about the poor quality of bread produced by bakeries of the Syrian government in Southern Syria. Therefore, the people are forced to buy bread at high prices from bread distribution officials in their neighborhoods.

Local sources in the city of Hama, Central Syria, said that Syrian government's institutions employed dozens of children for low wages for long hours.

International and political news:

About 500 fighters from the Ahrar al-Sharqiyah and Jaysh al-Sharqiyah factions of the SNA prepare to go to Turkey to head later towards Libya to fight alongside the Government of National Accord forces led by Fayez al-Sarraj against the Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

A military source from the SNA reported to SMART that the Ahrar al-Sharqiyah and Jaysh al-Sharqiyah agreed to send fighters to Libya. The source stated about 500 fighters of the two factions are ready to go to Turkey in order to be prepared for heading to Libya later.

The Syrian Interim Government said that it will not receive any penny from the sum of money that the World Health Organization allocated for Northwestern Syria to face COVID-19.

The WHO allocated $35 million to fight COVID-19 in Northwestern Syria, including areas outside Syrian government forces control.

Maram al-Sheikh, the Syrian Interim Government’s Health Minister stated to SMART that the sum is already divided among planned activities that organizations operating in the area will conduct, in addition to prioritized medical equipment that the organizations will purchase to protect medical staff in particular and civilians in general against COVID-19. 

Maram al-Sheikh said that the National Response Team against COVID-19 in Syria will implement the emergency plan of the WHO to fight COVID-19.

On Sunday, the Jordanian Ministry of Health registered three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infected people to 447.

The Lebanese Ministry of Health registered three new cases of COVID-19.

The Iranian Ministry of Health registered 60 new deaths from coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to 5,710.