On April 28, the head of the Free Syrian Police center in the town of al-Dana, “Hmad al-Jaru”, was killed when an IED hit his car in the northern Idlib countryside, according to the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi.
Few hours after the assassination of al-Jaru, Syrian opposition sources reported that unknown gunmen assassinated two fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) group – Jaysh al-Izzah – in Khan Shaykhun town in the southern Idlib countryside. The killed fighters were identified as “Abdullah Mostafa Hassan” and “Ibrahim Ahmad Marawi”
These incident were a part of the ongoing assassination wave that begun on April 26. Since then, dozens of fighters and commanders of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the Syrian Liberation Army (SLF) and the FSA have been assassinated in Idlib governorate.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the assassinations. However, the HTS-linked news agency Iba’a hinted that the SLF could be behind the assassination of HTS commander “Abu al-Ward Kafr Battikh” that took place on April 26.
HTS and several other groups declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew in Idlib governorate on April 27 in attempt to put an end to the assassinations. However, this measure has failed. This reveals the level of influence of the side that’s organizing these attacks.