Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement: "We continue to fight the HTS in Northern Syria"
Syria - SMART
On Wednesday, the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement of the National Liberation Front (NLF) said that it continues to fight the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Northern Syria, after agreeing with the HTS to dissolve its branch and hand over its heavy weapons in the governorate of Hama, Central Syria.
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 HTS is the main rival of the NLF in Northern Syria.
The media official of the Ahrar al-Sham quoted its commander, Jaber Ali Basha, as saying that their fighters made an effort to fight the HTS in the al-Ghab Plain area and Jabal Shahshbo. After that, they had to agree with the HTS to hand over their weapons, but they are still fixed in other regions and continue to fight.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Ahrar al-Sham agreed with the HTS to dissolve its branch and hand over its heavy weapons in western Hama. They also agreed to transfer the administration of the area in Hama to the Salvation Government operating in areas controlled by the HTS.
The clashes re-erupted between the HTS and the NLF in western Aleppo, Hama, and Idlib, as the HTS advanced, killing and injuring fighters on both sides and civilians.
Earlier, a dispute emerged between the HTS and NLF on the background of the killing of four HTS fighters by NLF fighters in the village of Tal 'Ada in Idlib. After the incident, the factions reached an agreement to settle the dispute; however, the HTS attacked NLF outposts in western Aleppo, accusing the NLF of violating the agreement.