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Guardians of Religion withdraws from village, western Hama; Response Coordinators Team accuses Syrian government of deliberately violating truce to prevent displaced people from returning to their areas

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

Local and field updates

On Monday, the Guardians of Religion Organization withdrew from the village of al-Manara, western Hama, Central Syria, due to clashes and intense  shelling from the Syrian government forces.

A military source, who prefered to remain anonymous, from the organization reported to SMART that the wa-Harid al-Mu'minin withdrew from al-Manara and nearby posts following fierce clashes that lasted over 16 hours with the Syrian government forces. During the clashes, the organization repelled four Syrian government forces' attempts to storm al-Manara.  

On Sunday, hundreds of civilians evacuated villages in the al-Zawiya Mountain area, southern Idlib, Northern Syria, due to the Syrian government forces shelling.  

Tarek Alloush, Civil Defense manager in the town of Baluon in Idlib reported to SMART that civilians who returned to their villages a few weeks ago, fled today to the Syrian-Turkish border due to the Syrian government forces’ shelling since morning.

Death toll of a bomb explosion near the city of al-Bab, 37 kilometers east of Aleppo, Northern Syria, increased to one killed and 19 injured civilians. 

The Military Hospital in the city of Afrin, 44 kilometers north of Aleppo, stopped receiving mild cases, as there are people infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) at the hospital. 

On Monday, residents reported to SMART that the guards of the hospital refused to allow them to enter the hospital to visit the clinics because there are quarantined patients with COVID-19 at the hospital.

Medical sources at the hospital confirmed conducting tests for Syrians who contacted Turkish soldiers infected with COVID-19. 

On Monday, the Syrian government announced that 245 Syrians arrived in Syria from Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow.

The World Health Organization started establishing a quarantine area to fight COVID-19 in the al-Hol camp, 70 kilometers east of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria. 

On Monday, the Syrian government forces fired at protesters in the town of al-Ghariya al-Sharqiya, 24 kilometers east of Daraa, Southern Syria.

On Sunday, unknown persons killed two Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters in the town of al-Shuhayl, 37 kilometers east of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria. 

The Turkish-backed Syrian National Army of the Syrian Interim Government shelled the SDF bases, northern al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria. 

On Monday, a Turkish military convoy entered the Idlib governorate through the Kafr Lusin border crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border.

On Monday, the Initial Response Team of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration retrieved new bodies from a cemetery, eastern al-Raqqa.

Residents turnout on markets remarkably decreased amidst high prices of materials in markets of the Syrian government forces-controlled city of Aleppo. The prices of food materials increased by 25 percent over the last week.

Political and international updates

On Monday, the Coordinators Response Team-Syria said that the Syrian government violates the ceasefire agreement in Idlib on purpose to prevent displaced people from returning to their areas. 

The team issued a statement documenting 17 new violations committed by the Syrian government forces over the past 24 hours in Idlib and Hama. 

The team added that frequent violations prevent the displaced people from returning to their villages and force them to live away from their areas. The team noted that many displaced people who recently returned to their areas in Northern Syria fled again. 

On Monday, Russia came third in terms of the announced COVID-19 cases, exceeding the United Kingdom and Italy. The cases of COVID-19 exceeded 221,000 in Russia. 

On Monday, the Iraqi Environment and Health Ministry registered 51 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 2,818.

On Monday, the Jordanian Health Ministry registered 22 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 562.

On Monday, the Lebanese Health Ministry registered 14 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 859. 

On Monday, China registered 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 82,918.