Amid negotiations between Russia and SDF | Tense calm prevails in NE Syria for third consecutive day • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Amid negotiations between Russia and SDF | Tense calm prevails in NE Syria for third consecutive day

Tense calm has prevailed in north and east Syria for the third consecutive day, along with ongoing negotiations in the western countryside of Al-Raqqah between Russian forces and Syria Democratic Forces regarding the deployment of troops in Manbij and Ain Al-Arab (Kobani). According to reliable SOHR source, the Russians demanded the withdrawal of SDF combat forces from the centres of the two cities and the deployment of more troops of the Internal Security Forces (Asayish) instead, as well as maintaining Russian and regime troops in the surrounding areas of Manbij and Ain Al-Arab (Kobani).

 

It is worth noting that calm has been prevailing in Al-Hasakah and Al-Raqqah countryside, Ain Al-Arab (Kobani), Manbij in north-east Syria region and areas where Kurdish forces are deployed in Aleppo since last night.

 

Yesterday, Turkish forces shelled several villages in northern and eastern of Syria within areas and countryside of Aleppo, Al-Hasakah and Al-Raqqa, where artillery shells hit Rabiat village and the vicinity of Abo Rasen town north western of Al-Hasakah.

 

SOHR activists monitored artillery shelling on Bir Kaitak, Khirbat Al-Bakar, Arida, Kor Hassan and Birzanar villages in western Tel Abyad countryside northern of Al-Raqqa.

 

Moreover, Turkish forces fired heavy and light weapons on Qoran and Kharbisan Tahtani villages in eastern Ain Al-Arab (Kobani) countryside in eastern Aleppo countryside, in addition to Baina village in Shirawa district in northern Aleppo countryside. However, no casualties were reported.

 

Areas in northern and eastern of Syria witnessed relative calmness after the extensive Turkish shelling, with complete absence of shelling, clashes and attacks between Turkish forces on one hand and SDF, regime and Kurdish forces on the other hand.

 

It is worth noting that Turkish forces started the military escalation in the evening of November 19 through attacking areas in north and east Syria with tens of airstrikes and hundreds of artillery shells. The bombardment and airstrikes subsided gradually until they were halted on November 28.