Lataminah local council appeals to Turkey to end Syrian government and Russian violations

Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 20, 2019, 10:00:06 PM wire MILITARYPOLITICS Local Administration

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On Sunday, the local council of the city of al-Lataminah, 35 kilometers north of Hama, Central Syria, appealed to Turkey to stop the Syrian government forces and Russian frequent violations of a demilitarization agreement in the region.

The council issued a statement demanding the Turkish government to condemn the Syrian government forces' encroachment on civilians and intense shelling on areas in northern Hama using different kinds of arsenal, and Russian drones flying over and bombing the area.

The statement added that, "Turkey should take a firm stand to deter these violations that occur only kilometers away from the Turkish observation base." Turkey is a state guarantor of the Astana agreement.

The council added that the frequent Syrian government forces' violations forced families to evacuate al-Lataminah after they returned to it earlier following the de-escalation agreement of 2017.

The Syrian government forces and Russia bomb villages and towns in northern Hama frequently, killing and injuring civilians and destroying infrastructure.

On Saturday, the local council of the city of Kafr Zayta, northern Hama, demanded Turkey to take a firm stand against the Syrian government forces' violations.

The Syrian government forces and Russia bomb the region although it is included in the de-escalation agreement that Russia, Iran, and Turkey, reached in December 2017.

The region is also included in the demilitarization agreement that Turkey and Russia reached on September 17, 2018, to establish a demilitarized buffer zone that separates areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army and Islamist battalions from those controlled by the Syrian government forces.

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Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 20, 2019, 10:00:06 PM wire MILITARYPOLITICS Local Administration
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