Rebels to Kurds: Stop Cutting Off Fuel into Northwest
23 May 2016 – MESOP – Aleppo’s rebels also demanded on Sunday that the Kurdish militia YPG stop its blockade of oil into opposition areas of northwest Syria.
The Fatah Halab operations room said it would target Kurdish checkpoints if trucks were not allowed ot transport fuel. The rebels offered to form a monitoring committee with the YPG to ensure the flow of traffic.
The Central Court in oppositon-controlled Azaz, near the Turkish border, said an agreement had been reached with Kurdish officials to lift the blockade; however, the YPG failed to recognize it.
The YPG has cut off oil, coming from areas controlled by the Islamic State, which is traded for food from opposition territory. Hundreds of trucks have reportedly been parked, waiting for permission to move.Kurdish groups reportedly reached a deal over the weekend to allow fuel to be moved into the Kurdish-controlled Afrin canton, bypassing opposition areas. www.mesop.de
23 – May 2016 – BBC – The United Nations wants to send investigators in to examine allegations that Turkish forces massacred around 100 civilians in the Kurdish town of Cizre.
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MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY : Israel’s Need to Take a Stand against the Assad Regime: A Moral Imperative & Strategic Necessity
INSS Insight No. 823, May 22, 2016 – By Amos Yadlin
The Middle East is being reshaped by an extended process that began over five years ago, and its end-point is currently impossible to predict. Still, it can be assumed that the parties involved with the conflicts in the region in general, and in Syria in particular, seek resolutions through an attempt to reshape the power relations between them and the state structures in the area. Against this background, Israel has a fundamental interest in ensuring that Iran and Hezbollah will not be the forces that are strengthened within the framework of a new order in the Middle East. Gone are the days in which Israel could impartially observe the developments in Syria from the sidelines.
On Saturday, the rebel factions approached another truce with an exchange of prisoners. Failaq al-Rahman released 18 Jaish al-Islam members, while Jaish al-Islam handed over nine Failaq al-Rahman detainees.
Regime Forces Attack Besieged Darayya Again, Rebels Claim Assault Repelled
Pro-Assad forces have again tried to enter Darayya, the town southwest of Damascus which has been besieged since November 2012.
Regime aircraft bombarded Darayya throughout the day and night, but rebels said they repelled the ground offensive, causing significant casualties.
On May 12, the Syrian military turned back a UN convoy which was trying to deliver the first aid to the town in 3 1/2 years. People gathered for the assistance were shelled, killing a father and son and injuring five others.
Greek Decision Highlights Fundamental Flaws in EU-Turkey Refugee Deal
By Vishakha Sonawane – International Business Times – 2016-05-22 – As uncertainty looms over the refugee deal between the European Union and Turkey, Greek judges ruled that a Syrian asylum-seeker should not be sent to Turkey terming the country unsafe, according to reports Friday. Amnesty International said the decision might put the EU-Turkey deal in peril.