Syria + 2 more

WHO Syria, Week 49, 30 November – 6 December 2018

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  • Turkey's enterprising and humanitarian approach cleared a 4,000-square-kilometer area in Syria of Daesh and PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG), Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed on steps to implement the agreement on Syria’s Idlib demilitarized zone during their meeting in Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov.

  • Jeffrey, US special envoy for Syria: If Constitution Committee was not formed by 14 December; Astana and Sochi tracks will be stopped.

  • Over 55,000 Syrian refugees returned from Lebanon and Jordan borders since 18 July.

  • Explosion in Al-Rumila neighborhood in Ar-Raqqa targeted hospital used by US soldiers and SDF forces.

  • The escalation of bombardment on areas under the control of ISIL in south eastern Deir-ez-Zor Governorate continues to take a terrible toll on civilians and cause serious damage to civilian objects. In one incident on 29 November, OHCHR received unverified reports that the hospital of “Yarmouk” (one of the field hospitals reportedly for women and children) in Al-Shaafa town in eastern rural Albo Kamal area was directly hit with what was alleged to be an airstrike. As a result of the airstrike, at least 10 – 20 civilians including medical personnel and children were allegedly killed. The hospital building was reportedly completely destroyed (please note: The hospital is located in the town of Shaafa, which is about 15 km from the city of Abu Kamal and lies east of the Euphrates River. Another source reports that about 20 people were killed and 30 were wounded. The hospital provided women and children services and minor surgery related procedures. The hospital is a private facility and located in the area outside of the GoS control).