On March 29, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) launched a counter-attack against the Syrian Liberation Front (SLF) in the western Aleppo countryside and recaptured the key village of Bsartun, the HTS-linked news agency Iba’a reported. The SLF imposed its control over Bsartun village after a successful attack on March 28.
Pro-HTS sources reported that HTS fighters had killed several fighters of the SLF and had captured weapons and ammunition during its attack on the village of Bsartun.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the villages of Ehsim, Khan al-Sabil, al-Bara and Mareian in the southern Idlib countryside also witnessed clashes between HTS and the SLF. Several fighters of both armed groups were killed in the clashes, according to the SOHR.
Syrian opposition activists believe that a peaceful end for the so-called “war of abolition” between HTS and the SLF is still not possible. Sources close to HTS said that the war will not end before fully dissolving the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, one of the main two parts of the SLF.