Late on October 16, a large ammunition depot and factory of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) blew up in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
Opposition sources said HTS was manufacturing and storing shells and ammunition in the facility, which was located inside a cement factory in the center of Salqin town near the border with Turkey.
The Step News Agency revealed that the facility was located next to a school hosting refugees, a local market and a number of civilian houses.
According to the Sputnik network, 16 militants of HTS were killed as a result of the explosion. At least six civilians were also injured.
This was the second ammunition depot of HTS to explode of unknown reasons this month. Last week, a depot in the town of Maarrat al-Ikhwan in northern Idlib blew up. Back then, a number of sources reported that the depot was struck by missiles launched by the Syrian Arab Army, or Russian forces.
HTS, which controls most of Greater Idlib, locates most of its ammunition production and storage facilities within urban areas. Many of these facilities are stationed right next to refugee camps on the border with Turkey.
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