Hayat Tahrir al-Sham imposes travel restrictions in Northern Syria

Editing Abd Allah Al Darwesh | Translation Rose Kajo | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 27, 2019, 2:07:35 PM wire MILITARYECONOMY & BUSINESS Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

Idlib - Syria

On Sunday, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) imposed restrictions on travelers between its  controlled areas and those of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Northern 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.

Local sources told SMART that HTS fighters in northern Aleppo told travelers going to the FSA-controlled areas of the Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations are banned from returning to the HTS-controlled areas. Travelers from the FSA-controlled areas were banned from entering the HTS-controlled areas.

The sources added that the HTS fighters did not inform travelers how long the ban will continue for, saying that it will continue until further notice.

Eyewitnesses told SMART that dozens of cars and civilians were stopped at the crossing between the city of Darat Izzah and the town of Jindayris after the HTS decision.

The crossing was closed after clashes between the HTS and FSA leading to HTS and Salvation Government control of the area in addition to other undeclared items of an agreement between the HTS and FSA.

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Editing Abd Allah Al Darwesh | Translation Rose Kajo | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 27, 2019, 2:07:35 PM wire MILITARYECONOMY & BUSINESS Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
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