Close to 7,000 people – civilians and fighters – were due to leave the loyalist Shi’ite villages of al-Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province. They were being ferried out in a convoy of buses through rebel-held territory to nearby government-held territory in Aleppo province, state TV footage showed.
The plan announced on Monday at a congress of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) in Tabqa aims to bring together a number of local administrations or councils that have emerged across SDF-held areas of northern and eastern Syria.
“This is an administration to coordinate among the areas because there are gaps … to secure needs (and services) in all areas,” Ilham Ahmed, the co-chair of the SDC and a top Syrian Kurdish politician said.
Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said: “We hope that the cooperation between Iran and Russia will be a model for cooperation among Iran, China, India and some of the major East Asian countries, helping publicly realize a strategic vision to develop relations with the eastern countries.”
According to the Times, the UK dropped the bomb last month because they thought Syrian troops were trying to approach the al-Tanf base where anti-government Maghawir al-Thowra militants are trained and commanded. Russian military expert said the Pentagon is training dozens of Takfiri terrorists at 19 military camps inside Syria.
Maya, who was born with no legs because of a congenital condition, had been living with her father – who shares the disability – at a refugee camp in the Idlib region of northern Syria, forced out of their Aleppo home by fighting in the country’s civil war. “My heart suffers when I see her crawling in front of friends, while they play and run,” said Mr Merhi.
“We will continue protecting our borders, we will provide humanitarian aid to the full extent possible, we will not allow entry into our territory and we will demand strict adherence to the 1974 disengagement deals with the Syrian army,” Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said said.
Women and children crammed in the back of pick-up trucks piled high with mattresses and blankets, dozens of Syrian refugees in Lebanon began crossing the border Thursday, heading back home to an uncertain future in war-torn Syria. “I cannot describe my happiness, I’m returning to my country after five years and will see my parents for the first time in five years,” said Hanadi Massoud, who was going back with her husband, three daughters and mother in law.
State news agency SANA said the strike came shortly after midnight, a week into a Syrian government offensive against rebel-held territories in the southwestern region, which borders Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Jordan. The offensive shattered a truce negotiated in the area by the U.S., Russia and Jordan last July.