On May 25, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a headquarter of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the village of al-Dana in the northeastern Idlib countryside, according to Syrian opposition sources. Reportedly, the explosion killed at least four fighters of HTS. No group claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
Few hours earlier, unknown gunmen attacked and killed four fighters of HTS on the road between the city of Idlib and the town of Maarrat Misrin in the northeastern Idlib countryside.
This new wave of assassinations didn’t target HTS only. On May 24, unknown gunmen killed six fighters of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) group – Faylaq al-Sham – in the village of al-Zakah in the northern Hama countryside. Opposition sources said that the gunmen had also stolen the weapons of Faylaq al-Sham fighters.
According to a recent report of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), more than one hundred fighters and commanders of the FSA and HTS were assassinated since the beginning of May. HTS officially accused ISIS and the Syrian intelligence of standing behind these assassinations. However, many observers believe that Turkey could be also responsible for some of these attacks.