Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has prevented a Turkish convoy from entering the key town of Darat Izza in the western Aleppo countryside, the New Arab reported on April 29.
According to the UK-based outlet, militants of the terrorist group gathered on the al-Qaturah checkpoint in the outskirt of the town, preventing the convoy from passing through. The convoy was reportedly heading to a nearby observation post.
“The [Turkish military] convoy changed its route to avoid any escalation,” the New Arab’s report reads.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed the incident. However, no additional details were provided by the monitoring group.
The Darat Izza incident came amid tensions between Turkey and HTS. Last week, the Turkish military clashed with HTS and other terrorist groups in the southern Idlib countryside.
HTS militants attacked a Turkish unit attempting to remove a protest on the strategic Lattakia-Aleppo highway, known as the M4. Turkish forces’ fire killed four people, including HTS members.
The militants responded by shelling a Turkish observation post near the town of al-Nerab. In response, Turkish drones struck two positions of HTS, killing more militants of the group.
Later, a lengthy meeting was held to de-escalate the situation. Nevertheless, the tensions are still high in the so-called Greater Idlib region, which includes western Aleppo.