The Assad regime’s security forces on Wednesday detained 13 army deserters in Deir Ezzor province although they previously reconciled with the regime to avoid reprisal. Local activists said that members of the Assad regime’s military security raided the village of Taybeh near the town of Al-Mayadin and detained the army defectors on charges of ‘treason.’ The charge is one of many accusations the Assad regime usually levels against opponents and…
Sheikh Abdul-Karim al-Fahal, Head of the Coalition of the Syrian Tribes, said that the 10,000-strong tribal army is ready for deployment east of the Euphrates River to fill the vacuum which will be caused left by the expected US withdrawal from Syria. In an interview with al-Jazeera, Al-Fahal said that the tribal army was raised to fight terrorist organizations, sectarian militias and even “the regime until it is overthrown.” Al-Fahal…
In yet another gesture of defiance of the Assad regime’s grip on Dara’a province, a new video was published on social media showing the flag of the Syrian Revolution raised on the minaret of a mosque in the town of al-Karak al-Sharqi. Such moves will likely threaten the Assad regime’s grip on the areas that fell to its forces following brutal military campaigns in the past few months. Activists also…
Shop owners in the town of Manbij in rural Aleppo went on a strike to protest the death of two youngsters under torture at the hands of the militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) last Thursday. Anadolu Agency said the closure of the shops in the main public market in Manbij came in answer to calls by activists on social media denouncing the actions of the PYD militias, the…
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that around 50,000 Syrian refugees living in 850 informal settlements in Lebanon were affected by the snowstorm and flash flooding that swept across Lebanon over the last week. UNHCR External Relations Associate Hiba Fares said that the UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – and NGO partners have sent teams out to assess the damage and distribute emergency relief items including…
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