On October 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) closed the Taiha crossing between the town of Manbij and the city of Aleppo following clashes with security forces of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to the Syrian pro-government news outlet Damascus Now.
Syrian opposition sources confirmed the Damascus Now report and said that at least one solider of the SAA’s 4th Division was killed during the clashes. According to the quoted sources, the SDF closed a crossing with the government-held areas in the governorate of Deir Ezzor few hours after the closure of the Taiha crossing.
Last month, the SDF’s security forces killed more than eleven personnel of the Syrian Military Intelligence in the northern city of Qamishli after accusing them of entering their part of the city without permission. Later, the SDF’s political wing expressed its regret and an investigation was launched into the incident.
The SDF’s security forces and the Damascus government have not commented on the clashes in the Taiha crossing so far. This likely means that both sides want to solve this issue away from the media as they have done many times before.