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Syrian government sends military reinforcements to Daraa; Syrian National Coalition requests investigating violations committed by Greece against Syrian refugees

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

Local and field updates:

On Thursday, the Syrian government mobilized forces and vehicles on the edges of the city of Tafas and towns of al-Yadudah and al-Muzayrib, northern Daraa, Southern Syria, after unknown persons attacked Syrian government forces’ headquarters. 

Local sources reported to SMART that the Syrian government sent tanks, armored vehicles, Shilka vehicles, military cars along with members of the Syrian government forces’ Fourth Division and Iranian militias to the area. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a study severely underestimating the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Northwestern Syria. The study is based on a comparison with a study by the Syria Campaign to face the virus in areas outside the Syrian government control. The campaign includes formal institutions and medical organizations. 

The study, which was issued by WHO's office in the city of Gaziantep, Southern Turkey, said that it provides statistics depending on the numbers of infections and deaths from COVID-19 in the Hubei province in China without taking into consideration important factors such as age, gender, medical system state, and ability to respond.   

On Thursday, the Response Coordinators Team-Syria documented that 21,890 displaced people returned to their towns in the Idlib and Aleppo countryside, Northern Syria, over the past three days.

The team issued a statement saying that 256,487 displaced people have returned to their areas as far as May 7, 2020, after the ceasefire agreement announced on March 6, Northern Syria. The statement added that the people were distributed to villages and towns far from the frontline with the Syrian government forces in the Aleppo and Idlib countryside. 

The Islamic State (IS) killed and injured Syrian government forces members in an attack, eastern Homs, Central Syria.

Local sources reported to SMART that IS’ members opened fire on the international highway between the town of al-Shula and the city of al-Sukhnah, 100 kilometers east of Homs, killing two Syrian government forces members and injuring six others.

Turkey and Russia deployed a joint patrol to the Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) area, 150 kilometers northeast of Aleppo, Northern Syria. The patrol is a part of the Russian-Turkish agreement on Northern Syria.

The Anti-Terror Units of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) launched a raid and arrest campaign under the cover of International Coalition warplanes, eastern Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.

The YPG’s Anti-Terror Units arrested an IS’ finincial official in the al-Raqqa governorate, Northeastern Syria.

On Wednesday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested six people on charges of smuggling sheep to the Syrian government-controlled areas. The SDF arrested the people on al-Hura road, 30 kilometers west of al-Raqqa. 

The Turkish-backed Syrian National Army, affiliated with the Syrian Interim Government, shelled SDF’s bases in northeastern al-Raqqa. 

On Thursday, the Turkistan Islamic Party destroyed the cooling tower of the Zayzoon Thermal Power Plant, 100 kilometers northwest of Hama, Central Syria.

On Wednesday night, a child died as a wall of her house collapsed in a camp near the town of Killi, 23 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria.

On Wednesday night, a landmine explosion killed an FSA fighter near the town of Kafr Noran, western Aleppo. 

Political and international updates:

The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces requested the International Judicial Advocacy Office (Guernica 37) to contact the United Nations and European Union about violations committed by Greece against Syrian refugees.

The National Coalition issued a statement saying that many Syrians fled war for Europe through Greece in late March 2020; however, most of the refugees, including women and children who tried to cross the Turkish-Greek border faced unjustified violence by the Greek authorities. 

On Wednesday, the Turkish Health Ministry said that the people who recovered from COVID-19 reached 78,202 after registering 4,917 cases of recovery.

On Thursday, Russia reached the fifth place in the world in terms of announced cases of COVID-19, exceeding Germany and France. The cases of COVID-19 in Russia exceeded 174,000. 

On Wednesday, the Iraqi Health Ministry registered 49 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 2,480.

On Thursday, the Iranian government said that deaths from COVID-19 increased to 6,486 after registering 68 new deaths over the past 24 hours. 

On Wednesday, the Lebanese Health Ministry registered 34 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 750. 

On Thursday, the Jordanian Health Ministry registered 11 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 484.