Two armed groups clash in Afrin, Aleppo
Two armed groups one of them belonging to the al-Shamiya Front of the Syrian National Army clash in the city of Afrin, 43 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria. The clash erupted following an altercation between a shop owner and a fighter of the front.
Eyewitnesses reported that 80 fighters of the al-Shamiya Front clashed in Afrin with another group of 15 people from the Jayrood area in Rif Dimashq. The eyewitnesses added that the clash erupted after al-Shamiya front’ fighters beat an owner of a plumbing shop from Jayrood, and opened fire at the shop.
Rafaat Junaid, manager of the Media Office of the National Army’ 3rd Legion confirmed that the altercation erupted between two civilians. Junaid added that the legion intervened to settle the argument, then as fighters of the legion were in the location, people opened fire from balconies of nearby houses.
Hunaid said that the altercation is limited to two forcibly displaced families, and that factions had nothing to do with it. Junaid noted that the clash caused no injuries.
Earlier, the residents of Afrin complained about constant agressions and violations committed by opposition military factions. The residents complained about the security services’ inability to account the perpetrators. A local official said that the opposition factions’ constant violations against civilians will force the residents to leave.
Activists and human rights organizations criticize Turkey and FSA’ factions since the latter controlled the Afrin area in March 2018 following battles against the People's Protection Units . Amnesty International said that Turkey have to put an end to gross violations against human rights in the Afrin area