On March 24, the Syrian Liberation Front (SLF) repelled another attack by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) on its positions in the village of Mklbis in the western Aleppo countryside, the SLF-linked news agency Midad Press reported. The media outlet said that SLF fighters had destroyed a battle tank and an armored vehicle belonging to HTS.
HTS attacked the SLF in the village of Mklbis on March 23 but and failed to penetrate the SLF defense lines around the village. According to Syrian opposition sources, HTS lost more than 25 fighters in this attack.
In a related development, hundreds of civilians took at the streets in the town of al-Atarb, near the village of Mklbis, to protest against HTS members that had killed a civilian in the town a day earlier, according to Syrian opposition sources.
Syrian opposition activists reported that the protestors had attacked the Regiment 46 base, which had been used by HTS as a base for its artillery and heavy weapons. However, HTS fighters opened fire at the protestors forcing them to flee.
Local observers believe that the SLF will soon step up its attacks on HTS positions in the southern Idlib countryside in response to the repeated HTS attacks on its positions in the western Aleppo countryside.