Ahrar al-Sharqiyah and the local authorities in the Turkish-occupied city of al-Bab have reached an agreement to resolve their recent conflict, several sources reported on April 1.
The conflict erupted four days ago when Security Chief of Ahrar al-Sharqiyah was killed in clashes with the Free Syrian Police, a law enforcement body backed by Turkey. The death of the commander, known as Abu Rasul, provoked a large attack by Ahrar al-Sharqiyah, a part of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA), on al-Bab city.
Enab Baladi, a pro-opposition outlet, reported that an agreement to resolve the conflict has been brokered by the SNA. A source in the group told the outlet that work to resolve the conflict have been ongoing for several days.
“During the last few days, we reached the final phase of resolving the conflict,” the SNA source said.
Under the agreement, Ahrar al-Sharqiyah will hand back all the checkpoints in al-Bab city to the local authorities. Those responsible for the killing of Abu Rasul will be held accountable, while everyone else will be released.
Abu Rasul was not the only casualty of the recent conflict. A militant of Ahrar al-Sharqiyah and a local policeman were also killed. Many other militants were injured in the clashes, which lasted for several days.
Al-Bab’s recent conflict is an example of how chaos is prevailing in the Turkish-occupied parts of north and northeast Syria.