Unknown explosion kills and injures HTS fighters in Idlib

Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: January 18, 2019, 4:02:05 PM wire MILITARY Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

 

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On Friday, an unknown explosion hits a headquarters of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) at the southern entrance of the city of Idlib, Northern Syria, killing and injuring HTS fighters.

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.

Local activists reported that an explosion went off near the HTS’  al-Mutlaq checkpoint on the Idlib-Ariha highway, killing 12 people at an early count. The activists suspect all the victims to be HTS fighters.  

A medical source from Idlib confirmed HTS’ casualties, adding that there is no accurate statistics of the death toll until now.

Activists reported that successive explosions followed in the same location, which refers to the possibility of targeting an HTS’ ammunition warehouse. News contradicted about the reason behind the explosion as the HTS’ media outlets said a car bomb caused the explosion, while activists said strikes by the international coalition might have been the cause of the blast.

Explosions and assassinations are frequent in the areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army and Islamist battalions, mostly targeting military commanders and fighters, killing and injuring civilians as well.   

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Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: January 18, 2019, 4:02:05 PM wire MILITARY Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
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