On October 27, heavy clashes broke out between fighters of the Sultan Murad Division and Ahrar al-Sharqiya in the area of Tell al-Hawa near the northern city of al-Bab, according to the Syrian news outlet Enab Baladi. As a result, one fighter of the Ahrar al-Sharqiya was killed and several others were injured.
Both groups are a part of the Turkish-led Euphrates Shield (ES) force, which controls a large part of the northern Aleppo countryside. The reason behind the clashes remains unknown. However, local observers believe that a disagreement over financial issues provoked the clashes.
Enab Baladi said that the clashes, which lasted for several hours, ended when the Sultan Murad Division and Ahrar al-Sharqiya reached a ceasefire agreement.
The Turkish-held areas in northern Syria have witnessed dozens of similar clashes since 2016. Many Syrian activists blame Turkey for the deteriorating security situation in these areas, as the Turkish military is yet to take any steps to prevent such incidents.