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Zenki Movement Kills Four HTS Members Sparking New Round Of Tensions In Northwestern Syria

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Zenki Movement Kills Four HTS Members Sparking New Round Of Tensions In Northwestern Syria

SLF fighters before the attack on HTS

On December 28, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) [the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria] accused the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement of killing four of its fighters in the opposition-held part of the western Aleppo countryside.

“Five Mujahedeen were martyred in the village of Taladah in western Aleppo on the hands of a group, which sneaked from the Darat Izza mount that’s controlled by the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement,” Iba’a, a news networked linked to HTS, said in a short press release.

The Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement has not commented on HTS’ accusations yet. However, the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) coalition, which includes al-Zenki, will likely release an official statement on the incident in the upcoming few hours.

Last October, HTS and the NFL reached a reconciliation agreement after a series of armed clashes in the western Aleppo countryside. According to Syrian opposition activists, dozens of civilians and militants were killed and injured in these clashes.

The current tension in the opposition-held part of the western Aleppo countryside will likely develop to another military confrontation between HTS and the NFL very soon. Both groups take advantage of such incidents to try to expand their influence in northwestern Syria.

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