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Militant Civil War: Ahrar al-Sham Clashing With Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Idlib Province

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Militant Civil War: Ahrar al-Sham Clashing With Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Idlib Province

© AFP 2017/ Alice Martins

Clashes have erupted between fighters of Ahrar al-Sham and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the village of Tal Toukan east of Idlib city. According to local sources, the clashes led to the wounding of a number of civilians. Opposition sources confirmed that HTS captured the village.

It’s believed that the clashes started because of a dispute between Ahrar al-Sham and HTS on the funds of electricity services in the province of Idlib.

According to HTS, Ahrar al-Sham asked for support and set up checkpoints on the Sarakib-abu al Zohor road. HTS also argued that Ahrar Sham attacked its positions on the frontline with Syrian goovernment forces in the village of Abu Ruwail in the southern Aleppo countryside.

According to opposition sources, the clashes ended with the agreement to solve the problem in a joint Sharia Court. Ahrar al-Sham issued an official statement confirming its commitment to the Sharia Court and peaceful solutions with HTS. However, it also confirmed that it’s ready to fight HTS if it continued its attacks in Idlib.

Militant Civil War: Ahrar al-Sham Clashing With Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Idlib Province

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HTS is considered the largest force in the province of Idlib currently, especially since Ahrar al-Sham had lost most of its fighters and equipment in the battle of Aleppo, which reduced its influence in the province of Idlib significantly.

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