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Unknown persons kill nine Syrian government forces members, Southern Syria; About 135 thousand displaced people return to their villages and towns, Northern Syria

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Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Local and field updates:

On Monday, unknown persons killed nine Syrian government forces members after kidnapping them in the town of al-Muzayrib, 11kilometers west of Daraa, Southern Syria. 

Local sources reported to SMART that unknown persons kidnapped nine members of the police station in al-Muzayrib after storming it on Monday morning. The sources noted that the unknown persons shot dead the members and threw their bodies near the al-Ghabsha roundabout in al-Muzayrib. 

The sources suspected that the killing of the members was a response for the killing of two former Free Syrian Army fighters. 

On Sunday, the Syrian government’s Health Ministry announced that no cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been registered among quarantined people who came from abroad since February 2020.  

Maram al-Sheikh, the health minister of the Syrian Interim Government emphasized that there are no cases of COVID-19 in Northwestern Syria. 

On Sunday, the Syrian government’s Transportation Ministry started to evacuate Syrian citizens who live abroad and would like to return to Syria due to COVID-19 spread worldwide. 

Doctors and medical staff refused to enter the quarantine department that includes suspected COVID-19 cases at the National Hospital in the city of Hama, due to poor medical conditions and the lack of precautionary procedures. 

 

A private medical source reported to SMART that the health situation in the Hama National Hospital is "very bad", pointing to the lack of medical gloves and masks, and preventive means to protect the medical staff from infection.

On Sunday, Islamic State members embarked in a one-day disobedience inside a prison of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the al-Sina’a neighborhood, in the city of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria.

A landmine explosion killed two young men in the al-Quneitra governorate, Southern Syria.

On Monday, a mindless bullet killed a child in the Muzn camp for displaced people near the village of Killi, 23 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria.

On Monday, a Syrian National Army (SNA) artillery shelling hit three villages, west of the city of Tal-Abyad, 100 kilometers north of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria. The shelling injured a civilian.

On Monday, the Syrian pound declined against the US dollar by 15 SYP. The dollar exchange rate exceeded 1,310 SYP in most Syrian governorates.

Political and international updates

 

On Monday, the Syrian Response Coordination Group issued a statement that documented the return of about 135 thousand displaced people to their villages and towns on the countryside of the Aleppo and Idlib governorates, Northern Syria, since the ceasefire entered into force on Mar. 6, 2020.

 

The statement said that the number of the remaining displaced people in the areas of displacement as a result of the recent military operations is 806,636 people, indicating that thousands of them are willing to return to their villages.

On Monday, the Human Rights Watch demanded the Turkish authorities and the SNA to protect the al-Hota gorge, 85 kilometers north of al-Raqqa, and other mass graves in the area and keep evidence for criminal proceedings against the killers. 

On Monday, the Jordanian Health Ministry registered four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 465.