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Clashes between SNA factions injure civilians in northern al-Raqqa; SNHR documents killing of more than 1,000 people in Syria from beginning of 2020

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Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
Translation: Nouha Salti

Local and field news:

On Saturday, the al-Shamiah Front and the al-Majd Legion of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) clashed in the city of Tal Abyad near the Turkish-Syria border, northern al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria. The clashes injured several civilians.

On Friday, an explosive device, planted by unknown persons, killed a civilian and injured two others in the SNA-controlled city of Afrin, 43 kilometers north of the city of Aleppo, Northern Syria.

Russian warplanes raided the town of Taqad, about 25 kilometers west of the city of Aleppo, Northern Syria, and the perimeter of the city of Azaz, 43 kilometers north of Aleppo.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested dozens of young men in its controlled areas in the al-Raqqa and al-Hasakah governorates, Northeastern Syria, for compulsory recruitment.

On Saturday, the SDF launched an arbitrary arrest campaign after an explosion near an SDF checkpoint in the Deir al-Zor governorate, Eastern Syria.

The SDF also arrested 18 teachers and students after storming the al-Azbah area, north of the city of Deir al-Zor.

On Friday, people demonstrated against the corruption in local councils in the SDF-controlled town of al-Azbah.

On Saturday, Russian forces prevented passage of commercial trucks on a part of the M4 international highway in the Abu Rasen area, 71 kilometers north of al-Hasakah.

The International Coalition, led by the United States, expanded its military base on the Syrian-Iraqi border in the SDF-controlled Yarubiyah area, in the al-Hasakah governorate, Northeastern Syria.

Prices of medicine increased by 90 to 140 percent in pharmacies of the Syrian government-controlled city of Hama, Central Syria, while the pharmacies lacked several types of medicine.

Prices of real estate also increased in Hama due to the decline of the Syrian pound exchange rate against the USD.

International and political news:

The Syrian Network for Human said that more than 1,000 civilians, including 218 children and 113 women, were killed in Syria in the first six months of the year, mostly as a result of bombings by the Syrian government forces and Russian forces, according to a source from the SNHR

The source added that the Syrian government forces and their allied militias killed 298 civilians, while the Russian forces killed 205 civilians, including 62 children and 48 women.

The source also said that the SDF killed 34 civilians, while the Islamic State killed seven civilians, mentioning that Free Syrian Army factions and Islamist battalions killed 26 civilians.

Other reasons, including explosions, landmines, shells, unknown shootings, and drowning killed 436 civilians, according to the same source.

Earlier, the SNHR documented the killing of 78 civilians, including 14 children and seven women, and a medical staff during April 2020. The SNHR also documented the killing of ten people under torture, and more than one massacre.