” Syria Daily: UN Special Envoy on Syria Describes Situation in Dara as “Alarming

Friday, August 13, 2021

A. General Syria News

The UN special envoy on Syria said Thursday that developments in southern Syria are “alarming,” as he reiterated call for a nationwide cease-fire and a comprehensive political solution to the 10-year war.
Geir Pedersen released a statement calling for a political solution after the International Syria Support Group’s Humanitarian Task Force met in Geneva, focusing on increased hostilities. Pedersen reiterated his call from July 31 for an immediate end to the violence and for all parties to uphold the principle of the protection of civilians and civilian objects under international humanitarian law. He also stressed that immediate, safe and unimpeded humanitarian access must be allowed in all affected areas and communities, including Daraa al-Balad, and the “near siege-like” situation must end.
The special envoy said he and his team continue to engage with all parties on the ground and internationally to end the crisis in Syria. (Source: Anadolu Agency)

B. Regime-held Territory

Dara: People from the village of Um Al Mayazen blocked the Damascus-Amman highway near their village in protest for the arrest of one youth from their village by the military intelligence. The youth is a member of the Eighth Brigade, an opposition group that is supported by Russia.

C. HTS-held Northwest Syria (Idlib, Western Hama, Northern Latakia, western Aleppo)

Regime forces fired rockets and heavy artillery on three villages in the west of Aleppo. The shelling left big damage in the infrastructure.

D. SDF-held Northeast Syria (Most of Raqqa and Hasaka, part of Deir Ezzor, parts of Aleppo: Manbij, Ayn Al Arab\Kobani, Tal Rifa’at.)

Hasaka: SDF aborted an attempt by prisoners in Ghweran prison in the city of Hasaka to flee. SDF were supported by forces from the international coalition which entered the prison and listened to the demands of the prisoners.
On the other hand, the Turkish army shelled two villages near the city of Tal Tamr in the north of Hasaka. There were no reports of casualties.

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