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Family Feud Leads To New Round Of Infighting In Turkish-Occupied Afrin

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Family Feud Leads To New Round Of Infighting In Turkish-Occupied Afrin

Turkish-backed militants loot shops after seizing control of Afrin on March 18, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

A family feud has led to new round of infighting among Turkish-backed militants in the occupied area of Afrin in northern Aleppo.

The heavy clashes, which erupted on March 25 morning, took place in the district of al-Ashrafiyah in the city center of Afrin.

The Step News Agency, a pro-opposition outlet, said the clashes were the result of a dispute among members of the Osu family, who fight in the ranks of the 51st Division. The group is a part of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA).

“The fighting was limited to members of the Osu family … It was a result of a family dispute among them that developed into clashes with heavy weapons, which led to the intervention of the al-Shamiya Front that attempted to stop the clashes,” the agency’s reporter said.

A militant identified as Ahmad Zakariya Helal was killed as result of the clashes. Many other militants were reportedly injured.

Such incidents became very common in the Turkish-occupied parts of northern Syria, especially in Afrin. Many Turkish-backed militants were killed as a result of infighting over the last few years.

The Turkish military is doing nothing to prevent internal conflicts in Afrin and other areas under its occupation. This is leading to a state of lawlessness in these areas.

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