People protest against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in three villages, Western Aleppo
Aleppo - SMART
On Tuesday, dozens of residents of three villages in Western Aleppo, Northern Syria, protested against the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its attack on the Nur al-Din al-Zenki Movement of the National Liberation Front.
The HTS is an Islamist opposition faction previously known as the al-Nusra Front, consisting of fighting groups including the Haqq Brigade, Jabhat Ansar al-Din, and Jaysh al-Sunnah.
The Nur al-Din al-Zenki Movement is one of the most prominent military formations against the Syrian government in Aleppo, whose fighters are mainly deployed in the western regions of the governorate. It has previously received the support of Tao missiles from the United States.
Local activists reported that about 100 people chanted against the HTS and its commander, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, and demanded them to leave the Free Syrian Army-controlled areas. The protesters raised banners reading, “The revolution continues, and al-Julani must leave,” “HTS, get out of here,” and “The western countryside of Aleppo is between the jaws of the al-Julani and al-Assad.”
Dozens of residents of the Taqad village, where two children and a man were injured in clashes between the HTS and al-Zenki Movement, also demonstrated. The demonstrators chanted slogans against the HTS as it violated the agreement to neutralize the village from fighting. They also closed the road between the village and the nearby village of Rehab, according to activists.
The activists added that the HTS members arrested several people in Taqad, and took them to an unknown destination, without knowing their charges or numbers.
The activists stated that residents of the Anjara village gathered in the center of the village and chanted slogans against al-Julani and the HTS. The residents demanded the HTS to leave the region and stressed the continuation of the Syrian revolution.
Earlier on Tuesday, clashes between the HTS and the al-Zenki Movement were renewed in Western Aleppo, after reaching an agreement to end tension between them and solve the case of killing HTS fighters in the village of Talada, Northern Idlib. Both parties used light, medium, and heavy caliber machine guns, killing two civilians and injuring more than six others, including two children.
In the past year, the HTS clashed frequently and violently with the al-Zenki Movement in the Aleppo and Idlib governorates, killing and injuring dozens of people including civilians. The clashes ended after a ceasefire agreement.