Fighters of al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din have looted a number of electricity towers from the northwestern part of Greater Idlib, an official in Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) told Enab Baladi on December 14.
Taqi al-Din al-Omar, HTS public affairs official, explained that the incident was behind the recent crisis between the two terrorist groups.
According to al-Omar, Horas al-Din stole many electricity towers from Jisr al-Shughur countryside and from the al-Ghab Plains in order to sell them as scrap.
“After several warnings and attempts to stop the group by officials of HTS, a unit of Horas al-Din assaulted one of HTS’ fighters in the area of Muhambal,” the pro-opposition outlet quoted al-Omar as saying.
A day earlier, Horas al-Din fighters abducted Abu Mohamad Di’aa, HTS’ field commander in Muhambal, demanding the release of some of their comrades who were arrested by the group’s security forces in northern Idlib.
After the incident, HTS established many checkpoints and deployed heavy weapons around Horas al-Din’s strongholds in Greater Idlib.
Earlier this year, HTS and Horas al-Din solved a similar conflict under a de-escalation mechanism, the two groups had agreed upon. The situation now appears to be different, with HTS publicly accusing Horas al-Din of looting.