The Ahrar al-Sharqiya militant group announced on Wednesday that it was able with support of Ahrar al-Sham to capture Jejan village west of Al-Bab in the northern Aleppo countryside after a four-hour battle with Kurdish YPG forces. Ahrar al-Sharqiyah said that the current military operation comes to support the Ahl al-Diyar Operations Room that’s operating in the area.
On July 17, the Ahl al-Diyar Operations Room attacked YPG positions in Ayn Dukna village west of Al-Bab city. However, YPG forces managed to repel the attack and killed and wounded dozens of Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters.
It’s believed that FSA was able to launch the new attack after the arrival of Ahrar al-Sham troops from Idlib to the Euphrates Shield-held areas in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
On July 24, more than 15 civilians were injured in Kaljabrin village, in the Euphrates Shield-held areas, due to the YPG shelling. Moreover, Kurds in Afrin demonstrated against the continuous shelling by the Euphrates Shield forces on their villages around Afrin, which has wounded and killed several civilians in last few months.
It’s believed that the great tension between Turkey and the Kurdish PYD party is the main cause of the problems in the northern countryside of Aleppo. The Kurds refuse to withdraw from 11 Arab villages and towns they seized in 2016, they also rejected an American initiative to hand these vilalges over to FSA, and rejected a Russian initiative to hand it over to the SAA.