On March 16, fighters of the Syrian Liberation Front (SLF) repelled a new attack by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) on their positions in the village of Blnta in the western Aleppo countryside, the SLF-linked news agency Midad Press reported. The media outlet said that SLF fighters had killed at least four HTS fighters and had destroyed a T-72AV battle tank belonging to HTS.
HTS repelled a large attack by the SLF on its positions in the villages of Khan al-Sabil, Maasaran and Kafr Battikh in southern Idlib on March 15. An official in HTS revealed that the SLF had used several battle tanks and armored vehicles in the failed attack.
The HTS-linked news agency Iba’a reported that HTS fighters had captured four fighters of HTS and a heavy machinegun during the clashes around these three villages.
The western Aleppo countryside and the southern Idlib countryside are the main two fronts in the ongoing “war of abolition” between HTS and the SLF. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), over 330 militants and civilians have been killed since the beginning of this “war” on February 19.