On May 6, clashes erupted between Turkish-backed Ahrar al-Sharqiyah and gunmen from the al-Waki family in the city of al-Bab in the northern Aleppo countryside. Syrian opposition sources said that personal problems had been the main reason behind the clashes, in which two militants were killed and more than twenty others were injured.
Ahrar al-Sharqiyah massed a large number of its fighters around al-Bab and even attempted to storm the al-Waki family district in the center of al-Bab. However, its attack failed.
Following the violent clashes, Turkey tasked the Ahrar al-Sham Movement with mediating between the Ahrar al-Sharqiyah and the al-Waki family in order to put an end to the crisis, according to the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi. The source added that the tensions in al-Bab are still high.
This was the second security incident in al-Bab in the last 48 hours. On May 4, a commander of the Turkish-backed al-Hamza Division stormed the al-Bab hospital and threatened the staff and the civilians there with a handgun, also as a result of a personal problem.
In the aftermath of the attack on the hospital, thousands of Syrian civilians in al-Bab protested and called on Turkey to put an end to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) aggressive behavior. Although, the Hamza Division commander was arrested, the Turkish Army clashed with the protestors and even opened live fire injuring many of them.
Turkish Army clash with Syrian protesters in al-Bab city, can hear one protester telling a Turkish soldier ” this is my country, Syria, turn your weapon down” pic.twitter.com/D5TFppaE3q
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The Syrian opposition held Turkey the responsibility for the acts of the FSA, as the Turkish Army have allowed many criminals to join these groups and have allowed them to move freely in the civilian areas in northern Syria.