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HTS prepares to open trade crsossing with Syrian government despite people's objection; Turkey calls residents of Idlib to support opening M4 and M5 international highways

Editing: Hosam Saleem |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

 Local and field updates:

On Thursday, fighters of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) attacked protesters who objected to the HTS’ opening a trade crossing with the Syrian government forces near the village of Mizanaz, 30 kilometers west of Aleppo, Northern Syria. The attack injured seven civilians

Eyewitnesses reported to SMART that HTS fighters fired to disperse protesters near a crossing, which the HTS prepares to open with the Syrian government-controlled controls. The eyewitnesses added that HTS’ fighters in a Santave car attacked the protesters, injuring seven of them. The eyewitnesses did not provide accurate information about how critical the injuries were. 

On Thursday, the HTS sent military reinforcements to the vicinity of Mizanaz, western Aleppo, as the HTS prepared to open a trade crossing with the Syrian government in the area.

On Thursday, the Kurdish Autonomous Administration imposed a quarantine on a street in the al-Omran neighborhood in the city of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria. The administration quarantined the street as two cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed in al-Hasakah.

On Wednesday, the Autonomous Administration’s Health Directorate registered a new case of COVID-19 of a man in al-Hasakah. On Tuesday, the man’s wife was announced as infected with COVID-19. 

On Thursday, the Autonomous Administration extended the curfew imposed due to COVID-19 until May 11, 2020.

On Thursday, the Turkish and Russian armies deployed a new military patrol to the Aleppo-Latakia highway (M4), southeast of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Local activists reported to SMART that the seventh joint patrol headed from the Syrian government-controlled village of al-Tronba (7 kilometers east of Idlib), towards the village of al-Nayrab, which is controlled by the Free Syrian Army and Islamist battalions, and then the patrol returned.

Fighters from the Fifth Legion of the Syrian government forces killed a young man from the al-Hasakah governorate, in the town of Era, 12 kilometers southwestern of al-Suwayda, Southern Syria. 

An unidentified object exploded as a child was playing with it east of the city of al-Shaafah, 100 kilometers east of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria. The explosion killed the child.

On Thursday, the Initial Response Team of the al-Raqqa Civil Council retrieved six new bodies in the al-Raqqa governorate, Northeastern Syria.

The Civil Defense retrieved an unknown woman’s body in the Syrian National Army (SNA)-controlled area of Afrin, 44 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria.

On Wednesday, the Syrian government released seven Jordanian citizens after months of detention.

On Thursday, the Autonomous Administration issued a circulation to all its municipalities in the Deir al-Zor governorate. The circulation stated seizing food materials of relief aid, from trade shops in the area.  

On Wednesday night, a magnitude 3.2 earthquake hit the Syrian-Lebanese border, 46 kilometers east of Beirut and 22 kilometers north of the city of Zahle.

Political and international updates:

On Thursday, Turkey called on locals of Idlib to support the Turkish military, which aims to open the Aleppo-Damascus (M5) and the Aleppo-Latakia (M4) highways and not to believe “lies of those who are disturbed by the calm and peaceful environment.”

Local sources reported to SMART that the Turkish Army distributed leaflets to locals in several areas, including the city of Ariha. The leaflet stated that Turkey’s goal was to prevent violence and to ensure that citizens who fled the fighting could return and the region’s economy could be revived by opening the major M4 and M5 highways.

On Wednesday, dozens of Syrian journalists demanded the SNA’s commanders to resign on the background of the explosion that killed and injured dozens of people in the city of Afrin, 43 kilometers north of Aleppo. 


The German Interior Ministry announced that Germany has officially designated the Lebanese Hezbollah militia a terrorist organization, and police are currently conducting raids against Hezbollah.

On Thursday, the total of people who recovered from COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2, exceeded 1 million worldwide.

On Wednesday, the Turkish Health Ministry registered 89 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total of deaths to 3,081. 

On Thursday, the Lebanese Health Ministry registered four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of infected people to 725. 

On Thursday, the Jordanian Health Ministry registered two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of infected people to 449.