The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Agreement to open the road between Aleppo and Afrin prevents the entry of cars with no official plates

Aleppo Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that an agreement took place between those in charge of Afrin and the representatives of Nubl and al-Zahraa in the countryside of Aleppo, under which the road between Aleppo and Afrin has been reopened; after it was closed for about 6 days by gunmen from the town of Nubl and al-Zahraa, where the terms of the agreement stated that it is prohibited the entry of vehicles that do not carry Syrian plates (European or etc…) to Afrin, until their owners settle their situation by either referring to the Transportation Directorate in Aleppo or any other province and install plates, or by referring to the Transportation Directorate in Afrin, also it is allowed for all cars belong to people of Nubl and al-Zahraa which have plates issued by the Directorate of Transportation in Aleppo or any other province to enter Afrin city with driver and vehicle identification card; which is granted by (the visit checkpoint) within the framework of the joint security cooperation between Afrin, Nubl and al-Zahraa, to reduce the phenomenon of fake plates and stolen cars that may be used -god forbid- for terrorist operations that may target civilians in Afrin, Nubl and al-Zahraa.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published hours ago that the road between Afrin and Aleppo returned to work after reaching an agreement between the gunmen of Nubl and al-Zahraa, and between YPG and the those in charge of Afrin area in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo, where reliable sources confirmed to the Observatory that an agreement was reached to reopen the road and allow cars to move between Aleppo and Afrin, after a meeting between representatives of both parties, and the Syrian Observatory published hours ago that the road of Afrin – Aleppo is still blocked by Nubl and al-Zahraa militants loyal to the regime in the northern countryside of Aleppo, with efforts are being made by mediators from the dignitaries of the area to end the roadblock of Aleppo – Afrin road and open it before traffic between Aleppo city and Afrin area, which is controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which for many months has been witnessing road blocking between their held area and areas beyond its control and those controlled by the factions in the countryside of Aleppo. The continuation of the road-blocking since the end of July 2017, comes with an anticipation of the meeting which will likely result in an agreement to re-open the road, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from other sources, that the Syria Democratic Forces failed to open a new road linking their held areas in Aleppo city, across Deir Jamal road to the industrial zone in Sheikh Najjar.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 31st of July 2017 that resentment and tension prevail the area between Afrin and the towns of Nubl and al-Zahraa, which are inhabited by Shiite citizens in the northern countryside of Aleppo, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: two armed groups from the towns of Nubl and al-Zahraa have closed the road from Aleppo to Afrin, and sources from Afrin said that both groups want to enter and get out of Afrin by a car with no “plate” , while the armed groups in Nubl and al-Zahraa claimed that those in charge of Afrin are preventing them from entering without putting “Afrin car plates “.