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Clashes between two SNA factions injure civilians in Tal Abyad, al-Raqqa

Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/07/05 20:33

Al-Raqqa - SMART

On Sunday, two Syrian National Army (SNA) factions clashes with medium and heavy weapons, injuring five civilians in the SNA-controlled city of Tal Abyad, the al-Raqqa governorate, Northeastern Syria.

A military source of the Turkish-backed SNA, affiliated with Syrian Interim Government, reported to SMART that the clashed occurred after the al-Shamiah Front command refused to allow trucks from the TMO Turkish Grain Board to enter the Tal Abyad crossing. The company wanted to buy wheat and barley directly from farmers.

The source added that the Urfa governor opened a private crossing near the Tal Abyad agricultural bank, in an area controlled by the al-Majd Legion of the SNA. The source mentioned that opening the private crossing aims to avoid al-Shamiah Front’s checkpoints. The two factions clashed in order to seize control of the new crossing.

The source clarified that the TMO is aiming to buy wheat and barley directly from farmers at a price, higher that the price fixed by the Sanabel al-Kheir Company of the al-Shamiah Front.

The clashes injured five civilians, as the two factions used anti-tank shells and heavy weapons.

Earlier, clashes between the same two factions injured civilians in the city of Tal Abyad on the border with Turkey.  Several clashes between the Turkish-backed SNA factions, including the Ahrar al-Sharqiah, al-Hamzah Troop, the Sultan Murad Division, the al-Shamiah Front, and the Sultan Suleiman Shah Legion, occurred in the SNA-controlled areas, killing and injuring people.

On Oct. 13, 2019, the SNA gained control of the city of Tal Abyad and the town of Slouk, northern al-Raqqa, during a military campaign launched by Turkey against the Syrian Democratic Forces.