Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) issued an official statement condemning the safe zones agreement reached during the recent round of the Astana talks. The statement described it as a conspiracy against the Syrian people and the Syrian revolution.
According to the statement, the safe zones agreement – which aims to protect the civilians – achieves the interests of all parties except the Syrian people.
The HTS accused some groups of the Free Syrian Army on the Syrian-Turkish border of preparing to launch an operation against it with the support of Turkey and the United States in Idlib.
The group argued that the safe zones agreement is a trick to kill real “jihadists” and later hand over the areas to the Syrian government.
HTS described the approval of the Astana agreement as a “betrayal of God” and declared that any faction that accepts the agreement and works to implement it is considered as an infidel.
HTS made it clear that it will fight any group working to implement the safe zones agreement and all those who cooperate with such groups.
The commander of the US-backed Idlib Free Army, one of the most important allies of the HTS in Idlib, said that his faction had rejected the safe zones agreement because of the participation of Iran and the failure to include the Hama countryside in the agreement. He added that all factions of the Free Syrian Army in Idlib rejected the agreement.