HTS finds bodies near HTS headquarter in Idlib

Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Nouha Salti | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 20, 2019, 3:51:33 PM wire MILITARY Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

Idlib - SMART

On Sunday, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) blocked the road between the cities of Idlib and Ariha in Northern Syria after the HTS found bodies of unknown persons near a headquarter that was blown up two days ago.

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 to SMART that the HTS blocked the road between Idlib and Ariha after the HTS found 12 bodies near one of the latter's headquarters.

The activists added that the HTS found the bodies near the southern entrance of Idlib near the HTS' al-Mutlaq checkpoint, which was targeted by a car bomb last Friday. The explosion at the checkpoint killed 12 HTS members.

The activists assumed that the HTS executed the men as a punishment for the explosion that killed HTS members. The activist added that the road has been open in the last two days and that no one noticed any dead bodies at the location of the explosion.      

Earlier on Sunday, HTS media channels reported that members of the HTS security services stormed one of the Islamic State's headquarters in Sarmin and detained three members from the headquarter, adding that the booby-trapped car that exploded near an HTS checkpoint on Friday came from the stormed headquarter.

The explosion that targeted the al-Mutlaq checkpoint near Idlib's southern entrance killed 12 HTS members and injured nine others, according to a military source from the HTS.

Assassinations and explosions are common in the areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army and Islamist battalions in the governorates of Idlib and Aleppo, targeting military commanders and fighters, in addition to killing and injuring several civilians.

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Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Nouha Salti | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 20, 2019, 3:51:33 PM wire MILITARY Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
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