An attempted prison break in Syria was brought under control on March 29 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Ilham Ahmed denied to reach of any agreement on a prisoner exchange between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Turkish occupation, and stressed there is no official communication between SDF and the Turkish occupation.
04 Apr 2020, Sat – 14:57 2020-04-04T14:57:00 QAMISHLO
Several parties and the media circulated information about an agreement between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Turkish occupation regarding the exchange of prisoners<span “=””>.
The head of the Executive Board of the Syrian Democratic Council, Ilham Ahmed, during a press conference held today in (al-Kiraa) Reading Garden in Qamishlo city, in connection with the announcement of the formation of a committee to follow up the file of detainees and kidnapped, answered a journalist’s question about allegations of exchange of prisoners between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Turkish occupation, by saying “No” There is such a thing, and there is no information about a prisoner exchange between the SDF and the Turkish state<span “=””>. ”
Ilham Ahmed denies any agreement on a prisoner exchange between SDF and the Turkish occupation<span “=””>
The government of the Syrian regime has taken a set of preventive measures on the health, social, economic, and educational levels to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), before its official announcement of confirmed infections. At the same time, the regime’s government is experiencing a deterioration in all aspects of life after nine years of war.
The Syrian Finance Minister, Mamoun Hamdan, has announced that 100 billion Syrian Pounds (SYP- around 77 million USD) would be allocated to finance the government’s measures against the coronavirus, according to the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
Daniel Hoffman April 1, 2020 Article Summary AL MONITOR – Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the dispatch of medical assistance to help Syria combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, but his real objective is far from altruistic. In late March, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to discuss the ongoing battle for Idlib as well as Russian humanitarian assistance to Syria. Following Shoigu’s visit, the Russian navy delivered medical assistance, including equipment to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in Syria, whose health system has been decimated from almost a decade of civil war. Moscow’s actions might appear at first glance to be an act of altruism, but the Kremlin’s support for Assad is in fact part of a well-thought-out plan to advance Russian interests in the region.
With these words, Youssef Najjar, who works as a barber in Talbiseh city, in rural Homs, responded to the Syrian regime’s measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which imposed a partial curfew in the regime-controlled areas.
By Roie Yellinek April 1, 2020 – ISRAEL – BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,514, April 1, 2020
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: After almost a decade of civil war in Syria, the question of who will be in charge of the reconstruction has arisen over and over again (though any practical activity in that direction will have to be suspended during the acute stage of the coronavirus crisis). China’s position on this issue can be discerned by looking at its prewar relations with Syria and the way it has behaved during the war.
Press release: 31 March 2020 SYRIAN NETWORK FOR HUMAN RGHTS
The Syrian Network for Human Rights reveals in its report released today that widespread looting by Syrian and Iranian regime forces in and around Idlib threatens the return of the displaced people and is sowing religious hatred, with the report documenting the looting of nearly 30 areas since April 2019 to date, which constitutes a war crime.
The 11-page report notes that whenever Syrian Regime forces and Iranian militias advance towards civilian areas outside these forces’ control with the intention of storming them, more than 98 percent of the total population of these areas flee in terror of being subjected to reprisals by these forces; despite the severe winter cold and the absence of tents and basic necessities of life in the areas they’re fleeing to, residents have explained that they decide to flee, because the terrible difficulties and challenges that they will face as internally displaced persons (IDPs) or refugees are far less dangerous than falling into the clutches of the Syrian regime and its allies.
|Islamic State Militants Escape Syrian Prison|
|Several members of the self-proclaimed Islamic State seized control of part of a prison in northeastern Syria and escaped (Guardian). The prison is administered by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
In Foreign Affairs, CFR’s Gayle Tzemach Lemmon looks at the Kurdish forceskeeping northeastern Syria together.
By Dmitri Shufutinsky March 29, 2020 – ISRAEL – BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,508, March 29, 2020
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Turkey’s invasion of Syria to protect Idlib will bog it down in a war it cannot win. At the same time, it severely weakens the Assad regime and could help oust Iran from Syria.
Turkey’s war with the Assad regime in Syria brings to mind the words of the late PM Menachem Begin during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War: “We wish both sides the best of success.”
Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria was aimed not at the Kurds, for a change, but at the Assad regime as well as its supporters from the “Axis of Resistance.” The ceasefire announced between Ankara and Moscow is unlikely to last. Previous Russian attempts at finding a diplomatic solution in Syria have all ended in failure. Furthermore, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan needs to achieve a complete victory on behalf of the rebellion in Idlib if he wishes to remain in power.