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Food poisoning affects dozens of displaced people in Idlib; Amnesty International urges UN must not cut vital aid lifeline to Idlib amid war crimes

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

Local and field updates:

Food poisoning affected 70 displaced people in the Reayat al-Tofoulah (Childcare) camp in the village of Deir Hassan, 40 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria.

On Tuesday, the Civil Defense posted on its official Facebook page that 70 people, including 31 children and 21 women, were poisoned due to eating food that was distributed in the camp before Iftar by one of the humanitarian organizations operating in Northern Syria.

The Islamic State (IS) attacked posts of the Syrian government forces and Iranian supporting militias in the Deir al-Zor governorate, Eastern Syria. The IS killed two Syrian government forces members and fighters of the militias and injured six others. 

On Tuesday, the Turkish Army neutralized three Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters as they were trying to infiltrate areas controlled by the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army in the al-Raqqa countryside, Northeastern Syria. 

On Monday, residents found two bodies, one of them belongs to a Syrian government forces member in the Syrian government-controlled governorate of Daraa, Southern Syria.

On Tuesday, the Kurdish Autonomous Administration’s Crisis Cell in the Jazira Region said that the patient with coronavirus (COVID-19) recovered in the city of al-Hasakah,Northeastern Syria. 

On Monday night, the Syrian government said that a plane from the Syrian Air Company arrived in Syria from the Kuwait International Airport with 257 Syrians on board.

Residents in the Syrian government-controlled areas complained about the disparity of precautionary procedures to fight COVID-19 among Syrians who returned from Lebanon and those who returned from the United Arab Emirates.


On Tuesday, sit-in protesters pelted eggs and threw stones at a Russian-Turkish joint patrol on the Aleppo-Latakia international highway (M4) near the city of Ariha, 13 kilometers south of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Local sources reported to SMART that the protesters, who refuse deploying joint patrols, threw stones and eggs at the Russian-Turkish patrol near the Ariha bridge.


The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham arrested three civilians from a displaced people’s camp near the city of Sarmada, 18 kilometers north of Idlib. 

On Tuesday, a Turkish military convoy entered Idlib through the crossing of the village of Kafr Lusin on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Myles B Caggins the spokesman for the International Coalition said that the United States funded a project to provide power for 850,000 people in SDF-controlled governorates of Deir al-Zor and al-Raqqa. 

On Monday night, the Salvation Government, operating in the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-controlled areas, issued a decision to prevent clients from changing their internet service providers in Idlib.

The SDF founded fuel tanks buried under the ground in Deir al-Zor.

A fire broke out in wheat fields, northern al-Raqqa, for unknown reasons.

Political and international updates:

On Monday night, Amnesty International urged the United Nations Security Council to not cut a vital aid lifeline for civilians in the context of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Northwestern Syria, as a resolution allowing humanitarian assistance to reach Idlib across Syria’s borders is set to expire in the coming weeks.

A new Amnesty International report details 18 cases – the majority in January and February 2020 – where Syrian and/or Russian government forces targeted medical facilities and schools in Idlib, western Aleppo and north-western Hama governorates.

According to Amnesty International, many of the medical facilities targeted were on a “deconfliction” list the UN previously shared with Russian, Turkish and US-led Coalition forces in Syria to highlight which sites must not be attacked.

The report added that the latest onslaught on Idlib forced close to a million people – more than 80% of them women and children – to flee towards areas close to the Turkish border between December 2019 and March 2020. 

On Tuesday, the Iraqi Environment and Health Ministry registered 95 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 2,913. 

On Tuesday, the Jordanian Health Ministry registered 14 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 576.

On Tuesday, the Lebanese Health Ministry registered 21 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 870.