Timeline | Recent developments across Syria • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Timeline | Recent developments across Syria


August 14, 2021


Regime-controlled areas


-SOHR sources have reported that many civilians gathering in Um Dabit village in al-Suwaidaa countryside where they blocked the main road, protesting the poor services and lack of electricity, natural gas and fuel as well as interruption of drinking water.


On the other hand, protestors seized two vehicles affiliated to the water company in al-Suwaidaa, while tens of the residents of al-Golan neighbourhood in al-Suwaidaa city have stormed the water establishment in the city and forces several offices of the establishment to close.


Local sources have confirmed that drinking water has been interrupted in several neighbourhoods for over a month, although the residents have filled several complaints.


According to the local sources, these demonstrations and attacks on the governmental establishments do not aim to sabotage these places, but they come as a part of pressure exerted on relevant officials to undertake their responsibilities. The local sources pointed out that the two vehicles seized by the residents have been parked on the main highway, as the residents have never intended to make profit of them.


These developments comes at a time when the residents of al-Suwaidaa city and countryside are struggling with the poor services, disastrous humanitarian situation, dire living conditions and astronomically inflated prices.



-SOHR activists have reported that the Russian delegation proposed several terms to reach a settlement in Daraa, including the following:


  • Lifting the siege imposed on Daraa al-Balad.


  • Civil police to be stationed in several positions.


  • Conducting Russian patrols


  • Hading over of weapons in possession of civilians


  • Evacuation of dozens of wanted individuals and people opposing to the agreement.


According to sources, the Russian delegation called the Central Committee in Hawaran for a meeting to be held tomorrow to discuss and raise decisions to the residents and the tribal committees before starting implementing the new agreement.


SOHR sources explained that Daraa would witness ceasefire and lift of siege imposed on Daraa al-Balad through opening al-Sariya crossing in the first hours of implementing the new agreement. Moreover, the other terms of the agreement is expected to be implemented in no more 15 days.


Earlier today, SOHR sources reported that the negotiation committees and the Russian delegation agreed on starting a new round of negotiations tomorrow, Sunday, which would be followed by several meetings and communications between the Russians and the Central Committees in Hawaran in order to discuss several terms of the “Russian proposal” with the aim to put an end to the military escalation in Daraa.


SOHR activists documented earlier this morning the death of a civilian in regime attacks with heavy weapons on residential neighbourhoods in Daraa al-Balad.


Moreover, three civilians sustained various injuries due to regime mortar fire on Jasim city in the northern countryside of Daraa.


On the other hand, local gunmen attacked regime forces stationed at al-Souq checkpoint and the post office in al-Sanamayn city, leaving several soldiers injured. These attacks came as a response to the siege imposed on Daraa al-Balad.


Furthermore, regime forces and the 9th Division shelled the western neighbourhood in al-Sanamayn city, but no casualties have been reported.


Similarly, regime forces shelled, with mortars and tanks, areas in the neighbourhoods of Daraa al-Balad, Daraa camp, Tariq al-Sadd and Jasim city, but no casualties were reported.





-SOHR activists have reported that Turkish-backed militiamen arrested a civilian from Satia village in Jendires district on August 12, while he was on his way back to Afrin from the Kurdish-held areas in Tel Kurah in the northern countryside of Aleppo. the factions asked the civilian’s family to pay a ransom of 500 USD in return for releasing him. Meanwhile, in Kartalak Kabeer village, members of Al-Sultan Murad arrested ten residents from the village on August 12, taking them to an unknown destination. However, charges against them have not been revealed yet.


Similarly, on August 11, members of Nour al-Deen al-Zenky arrested a civilian from Rumadya village in Jendires district for “previously belonging to the Coalition Party”. The man was taken to an unknown destination.


Also, on August 9, members of Turkish backed factions in Azaz city in the northern countryside of Aleppo arrested a youth from Ekidam village in Sharran district in the countryside of Afrin, while he was trying to smuggle himself to Turkish territory.


Earlier this month, SOHR activists reported that members from Turkish backed factions arrested dozens of civilians from different areas in north-western Aleppo, some of whom were released later in return for large ransoms.


-SOHR activists have documented the death of four persons and injury of others due to fierce clashes between al-Jaies tribe and Al-Fardoun tribe in Shamarekh refugee camp in the east of Azaz city in the northern countryside of Aleppo, amid intense deployment of members of “al-Jabha al-Shamiyyah” and the military police inside the camp to break up the clashes between the two tribes.


According to SOHR sources, a youth from al-Jaies tribe had opened fire on a group of youths of al-Fardoun tribe when they were attempting to break into his tent. The exchange of fire resulted in the death of the young man and others, which evolved to fierce clashes that left more fatalities. The death toll is expected to rise further as the clashes left several persons injured, some seriously.


-SOHR activists have reported that a Turkish drone has bombarded the vicinity of Tel Refaat district. However, no casualties have been reported yet.


On the other hand, Turkish forces have bombarded, with heavy artillery, Tat Maraash and Shawergha villages in Sharran district in the countryside of Afrin. Meanwhile, an artillery shell was hit an area near a hospital in Azaz city in the northern countryside of Aleppo, where a Turkish base is located. However, no casualties have been reported yet.


Similarly, the frontline of Maraanaz in the countryside of Azaz has experienced exchange of shelling between Kurdish forces on one hand, and Turkish forces and their proxies on the other.



SDF-held areas


-SOHR sources have reported that International Coalition Forces and SDF Special Forces, backed by four helicopters and a fighter jet, have launched a joint security campaign in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, where they stormed a house rented by an Iraqi ISIS Emir (top commander) in Muhaymidah town.


According to SOHR sources, two helicopters landed in the region where soldiers were deployed and clashes with the ISIS Emir for nearly 40 minuets before they managed to arrest him and blew up his house.



-SOHR sources have reported that unknown gunmen, but believed to be of ISIS affiliates, shot an Iraqi refugee dead in the first section of al-Hawl camp in al-Hasakah countryside this morning.


It is also worth noting that this is 23rd murder in al-Hawl camp since the end of the first phase of the security campaign, which indicates to alarming escalation of killings in the camp.



“De-escalation zone”


-SOHR sources have reported that a woman and her child were injured in artillery fire by regime forces on Kafr Ta’al village in the western countryside of Aleppo. Moreover, several shells hit Kafr Ammah village in the same countryside.


On the other hand, factions of “al-Fath al-Mubin” operations room shelled regime positions and the source of regime artillery fire in the western countryside of Aleppo.


Regime forces had shelled positions in al-Ziyyarah and al-Ankawi villages in Sahl al-Ghab in the early hours of Saturday morning, along with an infiltration operation by regime forces into the frontline of al-Qahera village in Sahl al-Ghab in the north-west of Hama, which left casualties.

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