Bombardment in Syria escalated, wrapping on democracy in Turkey

Russia and regime forces escalated bombardment on the sites of Turkish-backed mercenaries in northwestern Syria and targeted hospitals, while the Turkish Elections Commission ordered on Monday to have local re-elections in Istanbul after it accepted the decision of the ruling AKP, which came second in a move observers saw it as a wrap on democracy.

On Tuesday morning, The Arab newspapers touched upon the Syrian field situations as well as the Turkish elections.

Al-Hayat: Russian raids targeted three hospitals in northwestern Syria

Al-Hayat newspaper reported that "three hospitals in north-west Syria were bombed," and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights suggested that the bombardment had been carried out by the Russian forces, pointing out that two of these hospitals have been out of service at the time when the Syrian state television said that the regime forces had carried out air strikes on northern of Hama.

Eight civilians were killed in the bombing of Syrian and Russian forces on several parts of northwestern Syria, according to the Observatory, which indicated that one dead left in the raids launched by Russian troops on hospitals.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Fierce battles in north of Hama ... intensified raids on the countryside of Idlib

Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said on Monday that the Syrian government forces declared on Monday its control of a village in the western countryside of Hama, after violent clashes with opposition militants. Russian and Syrian warplanes continued to bomb the "North Triangle," which includes Idlib and Aleppo, Hama and Lattakia countryside in plan to open two main roads."

A Syrian military source told the German news agency on Monday, "A unit of the army took control of the village of al-Bana al-Janabera after fierce battles with the gunmen of the opposition," noting that "fierce battles are under way to control Othman Hill near the village, which is considered a strategic point." The source confirmed the killing of dozens of armed opposition in the village of al-Janabera, Othman Hill, Abidin and Kafar Sejana in the countryside of Hama and Idlib.

Al-Quds al-Arabi: Syria: The opposition returned a strategic hill from the government forces

Al-Quds al-Arabi said, "The Syrian opposition factions restored on Monday evening, the strategic Othman Hill near the village of al-Bana in the northern countryside of Hama, after hours of the control of the Syrian regime."

A military commander of the National Liberation Front of the Free Syrian Army told the German press agency: "The fighters of the Army of the National Front managed to regain control on Othman hill hours after the control of the Syrian forces through carrying out a suicide attack, which resulted in killing more than 15 elements of the government forces and capturing 9 others, as well as the escape of the rest of the elements towards the Bredig camp."

Al-Arab: Damascus plans to restore strategic roads in the north of the country

It said, "The Syrian opposition fighters backed by Turkey said on Monday that Moscow and its ally, the Syrian government, were trying to wrest control of two main roads in the last enclave they control in the northwest of the country in an effort to reinforce the Syrian economy, which was affected by the sanctions.

The fighters said that the sixth day of the attack launched by the government forces witnessed heavy air attacks targeting the city of Jisr al-Shughour and Sahl al-Gab as well as the towns of al-Lattamna and Ma'aret al-Nu'man in the south of Idlib province.

The control of these areas will make Syrian government forces is getting close to regaining control of the Om 5 and Om 4 strategic routes from Idlib to Hama and Lattakia on the Mediterranean coast, two of Syria's most important arteries before the war.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Ocalan urges the Kurds of Syria to hold dialogue with Damascus

On another Syrian issue, al-Sharq al-Awsat said, "The leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan, from his prison in Turkey, urged the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to negotiate with Damascus to find a political solution. On Monday, it was revealed that Ocalan met with his lawyer Rezan Sarija on the second of this month for the first time in eight years. A statement read by Ocalan's lawyers included that he called "SDF" supported by Washington and the Kurdish units to take into account the «sensitivities of Turkey» in Syria. It is believed that Ocalan's call is part of efforts to resume the dialogue between the (PKK) and Ankara and establish a "buffer zone" east of the Euphrates that includes the separation of "units" from the PKK."

Al-Arab: Erdoğan loots from the opposition victory in the municipality of Istanbul

On the Turkish issue, al-Arab newspaper said: "The Turkish Elections Commission ordered on Monday the re-election of local elections in Istanbul after accepting the appeal of the ruling Justice and Development Party, which was the second in a move considered by observers to steal the opposition its historic victory and reveal the party and its leadership's wrapping on democracy.

It added, "Rajab Ozeil, the representative of the Justice and Development Party of the Supreme Council for Elections, said on Monday that the Council had set the date of June 23 as a deadline for the elections. The Turkish lira fell after Rajab Ozeil, the representative of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), published the decision on Twitter.



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