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Clans and dignitaries vow to fight Syrian Government forces in Daraa; MSF confirms death from COVID-19 in Northeastern Syria

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

Local and field updates

On Thursday, clans and dignitaries of the Daraa governorate, Southern Syria, vowed to fight the Syrian government forces and Iranian militias if they tried to storm any area in the governorate.

The clans and dignitaries issued a statement saying that they reject that the Syrian government forces and Iranian militias brought in and deployed reinforcements outside military bases. The statement warned against threatening to storm any area in Daraa, adding that this will spark an uprising in Houran.

On Thursday, hundreds of people demonstrated in the cities of Daraa and Tafas, 13 kilometers west of Daraa, as Syrian government forces' military reinforcements arrived in the governorate. 

Local sources reported to SMART that 200 people demonstrated in the square of the Omari Mosque in the city of Daraa. The demonstrators protested the Syrian government forces new military reinforcements that arrived in the area. 

Unknown persons killed three Syrian government forces members, including an officer, and a child, eastern Daraa.

On Thursday, unknown persons injured a Syrian government forces member in the city of Daraa. 


On Wednesday night, the Syrian Interim Government’s Health Minister Maram al-Sheikh, said that they conducted 603 tests to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in Northwestern Syria. All the tests showed negative results.

Al-Sheikh said on Twitter that there have been no cases of COVID-19 in Northwestern Syria so far.

A plane of the Syrian Air Company arrived in Syria from the Baghdad International Airport with 249 Syrians stranded abroad.

On Wednesday, residents complained about poor services at quarantine center that the Syrian government allocated for people who return from abroad. 


On Thursday, an unknown drone targeted a vehicle of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) near the city of Sarmin, nine kilometers east of Idlib, Northern Syria, injuring four HTS members.

On Wednesday night, a bomb explosion injured a man and a child in the city of Afrin, 44 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria. 

On Thursday, protesters threw stones at a Russian-Turkish joint military patrol on the Aleppo-Latakia international highway (M4), near the city of Ariha, 13 kilometers south of Idlib.

On Wednesday night, the Turkish Army set up a new observation post on the al-Nabi Ayoub hill in the al-Zawiya Mountain area, 30 kilometers southwest of Idlib. 

A bomb explosion injured a Syrian Democratic Forces fighter, and a civilian in the city of al-Tabaqa, 55 kilometers west of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

Unknown persons killed a civilian in the town of Tasil, 26 kilometers northwest of Daraa. 

On Thursday, the Syrian pound continued to deteriorate against the US dollar by 10 SYP, exceeding 1,560 SYP in exchange for one USD in most Syrian governorates.

A young man committed suicide due to inability to provide food materials for his family in the Syrian government forces-controlled city of Hama, Central Syria.

A fire started in agricultural fields in the village of Dama, 30 kilometers west of al-Suwayda, Southern Syria. 

Political and international updates

On Thursday, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) specialized in emergency medical response confirmed a death and five cases of COVID-19 in areas controlled by the Kurdish Autonomous Administration, Northeastern Syria. MSF noted that medical supplies arrived in the area from Iraq. 

Manal Muhammad, the joint head of the Autonomous Administration’s Health Committee denied that there are five cases of COVID-19 in the area. Muhammad reported no further details or explanations.

On Wednesday, MSF posted a statement on Facebook saying that it has registered a death and five cases of COVID-19 so far in Northeastern Syria. MSF added that it tries to increase its activities to respond to the virus. 

On Thursday, deaths from COVID-19 in Iran increased to 6,854 after registering 71 new ones over the past 24 hours. 

On Wednesday, the Iraqi Health and Environment Ministry registered 119 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 3,032.

On Wednesday, the Turkish Health Ministry registered 58 new deaths from COVID-19 , bringing the total of deaths to 3,952.