4 members of the Coalition, 15 of the civilians and local members die in the first bombing of its kind by a suicide bomber targeting the Coalition since it entered Syria
Aleppo province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the number of casualties in Manbij city continues to rise due to the suicide bombing that hit al-Omaraa restaurant in the city, on Wednesday afternoon the 16th of January 2019, which is considered the first targeting of its kind against Coalition forces since their participation in the Syrian events in September 2014, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the death of more people, raising to at least 19, the number of people who died today, they are 4 members of the International Coalition forces 2 of them were killed in Syria and the other 2 were killed when they were transferred to receive treatment, 5 members of their escorts of local fighters of the forces controlling the area, and 10 civilians, and the death toll is expected to rise because some people are in critical situation, also the Syrian Observatory monitored the helicopters flying over Manbij area, after the bombing that hit the city, which is the first of its kind, where it targeted the International Coalition by a suicide bomber, also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored a helicopter landing in Manbij to transfer of the bodies and transfer the injured persons to hospitals within the east of Euphrates area, while the Syrian Observatory monitored the US Forces surrounding the place of bombing in conjunction with the flight of helicopters over Manbij city, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 12th of January 2018 that a violent explosion rocked Manbij city that is under the control of Manbij Military Council, it turned out that it was caused by an explosion in a vehicle of the Internal Security Forces affiliated to the security of the city’s checkpoints, where the reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that the explosion, that took place near the city’s cemetery, resulted in killing 2 members of the Internal Security Forces, as well as the injury of others, and this explosion was coincided with a crowd of the “casualties’ families” in Manbij, in order to condemn the Turkish threat of implementing a military operation in the area and to call on the International Community to establish a no-fly zone in the Syrian North, amid calls on the International Community to move and prevent the scenario of Afrin from being repeated in Manbij, and this explosion comes about 4 days after an explosion in Manbij area, within the north-eastern sector of Aleppo countryside, in the controlled areas of the forces of Manbij Military Council and Jaysh al-Thowwar, it was caused by the explosion of an IED planted by unidentified gunmen in an area within an olive field east of Manbij city, which injured a person, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 26th of December 2018, that it monitored a violent explosion in Manbij city, in the northeastern sector of Aleppo countryside, intersected sources confirmed that it was caused by an explosive device planted in a car in the city, which is controlled by forces of Manbij Military Council and the US forces are present there, which caused material damage and injured a person seriously injured, where this is the first explosion that hits the area after the US decision to withdraw.
And the SOHR also published on the 24th of December 2018, that the sounds of at least 3 explosions were heard in Manbij city and its outskirts, which is under the control of the forces of Manbij Military Council, in the north-eastern sector of Aleppo countryside, without information so far about whether the explosions were caused by detonating IEDs or caused by other circumstances, amid the flight of American warplanes over the city and its countryside, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 20th of November 2018, that an explosion was heard today, caused by a mine explosion on the 30th Street in Manbij city, which is controlled by Manbij Military Council and in which forces from the Coalition are present, where reliable sources confirmed that the explosion killed a member of the internal security forces and wounded another. This explosion came two weeks after a similar explosion, where the Syrian Observatory published on the 6th of November 2018 that the Syrian Observatory monitored the explosion on the morning of the 6th of November 2018, hit Manbij city in the northeastern sector of Aleppo countryside, which is controlled by the International Coalition Forces and Manbij Military Council, and the Syrian Observatory learned that the explosion took place near al-Sabea’ Bahrat roundabout, as a result of an explosive device planted in a car, which killing of at least one person, and this explosion comes 5 days after the start of joint patrols between the Turkish and American forces in the area located at the line dividing between areas of Manbij Military Council in Manbij, and between areas of control of the Turkish Forces and forces of “Euphrates Shield” Operation Forces, which is at least 5 km wide, also the Syrian Observatory learned that the American Forces prevented recording video or taking pictures within the area where the patrols were started, these joint patrols come amid hours of continuous flight of International Coalition warplanes in the sky of Manbij city, which is under the control of Manbij Military Council in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo.
And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from several reliable sources on the developments in Manbij area and the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: the pro-Turkish the rebel and Islamic factions withdrew all the members they brought from areas of “Euphrates Shield” and “Olive Branch” in the Syrian north, which is extending from the west of Euphrates to the borders of Iskenderun, and the sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that withdrawing the support that recently came to the vicinity of Manbij area; took place through transferring fighters to barracks in the vicinity of Manbij countryside in the northeastern sector of Aleppo countryside, where they were secured in barracks which are schools converted to military headquarters of the al-Jaysh al-Watani (The National Army) loyal to Turkey and supported by it, while reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that the situation on the contact lines between the Turkish Forces and the factions loyal to them; and between the forces of Manbij Military Council and Jaysh al-Thowwar, have returned to what they used to be before the announcement of alert by Turkey to launch a military operation against Manbij area.