On November 10, Ali Saidou deputy commander of the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement announced in an official statement that the movement is now in an “open war” with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). Saidou also accused HTS of attacking the positions and fighters of al-Zinki movement north of Aleppo city, and in the western Aleppo countryside on November 7.
In the official statement, Saidou called on the civilians and religious scholars in Idlib province to support the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement’s war on HTS. Saidou also promised that the group will support foreign fighters in Idlib, who are usually affiliated with al-Qaeda or ISIS, if they don’t support HTS against it.
Meanwhile, Syrian opposition sources reported that HTS and Nour al-Din al-Zenki members are now clashing in Sheikh Sulaiman, Kafarnaha al-Ibizmu villages and in the 111th Brigade military base in the western Aleppo countryside.
The sources also reported that HTS fighters opened fire on civilians who were protesting against HTS in Urum al-Kubra town in the western Aleppo countryside, injuring many of them.
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HTS will likely launch a wide-scale attack against the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement and make an attempt to eliminate it in the upcoming days, if the movement does not receive any support from the Turkish Army, which is stationed in the northern Idlib countryside now.
HTS is still the strongest military force in Idlib province in terms of fire power and public support.