Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham attacks a demonstration against it by people of Taftanaz town in solidarity with Kafar Takharim • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham attacks a demonstration against it by people of Taftanaz town in solidarity with Kafar Takharim

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored a demonstration in Taftanaz town in Idlib countryside, in solidarity with Kafr Takharim town, which Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham has been trying to storm since the early hours of the morning, and the Syrian Observatory learned that members of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham dispersed the demonstration by the force of arms, and they beat several demonstrators including a media activist, also a similar demonstration took place in Idlib city against Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and in solidarity with people of Kafr Takharim, and the Syrian Observatory just published that clashes continue sporadically and at a varying pace of violence on the outskirts of Kafar Takharim town in the northwestern countryside of Idlib, between Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham against gunmen from the town and fighters from al-Sham Corps, accompanied by the targeting the town by Tahrir al-Sham with shells in a continuous attempt to break into it, and the Syrian Observatory learned that the clashes killed 3 local gunmen, in addition to the death and injury of several members of Hayyaat  Tahrir al-Sham, amid popular discontent with the armed attack of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, and attempts by mediators to stop the armed fighting, and the Syrian Observatory published this morning that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored violent clashes on the outskirts of Kafr Takharim town northwest of Idlib less than 10 km away of the border with Iskenderun, between Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham against residents of the town accompanied by fighters from al-Sham Corps, in an attack carried out by Tahrir al-Sham since the early hours of the morning from the north and south, attempting to break into the city from which it had been expelled a few days ago, also the violent clashes are accompanied by targeting by Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham for Kafar Takharim with heavy machine guns, amid information about the casualties and injuries in the ranks of both parties, it is worth mentioning that a meeting took place yesterday evening between a committee of dignitaries from Kafar Takharim and representatives of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham in Harem area, and it was agreed between both parties to “hand over the outpost to the Rescue Government and all checkpoints in Kafar Takharim to Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, in addition to handing over those who are wanted to Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, the agreement also stipulated the right to of opening military headquarters by Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham within the town, like the rest of the factions, or the town should be free of all military headquarters,” but this agreement was not recognized by the groups that rebel on Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham in Kafar Takharim, and they beat the committee that agreed with Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham after their return from the meeting.

The Syrian Observatory published on the 5th of November 2019 that after hours of evening demonstrations in Kafr Takharim city and expelling representatives of the General Authority for Zakat, who were stationed in the olive compressors, police station, and the northern checkpoint of the town in protest against taxes and royalties imposed by the “Rescue Government” on citizens, a delegation of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham held an evening meeting with the people but it did not came with any results, where they requested that the meeting be postponed for another 2 days to resume negotiations again about the protesters’ demands, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from reliable sources that “there is fears among the people that these members my betray them during those 2 days, where it is possible that the Rescue Government or Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham may carry out any measures against people of the city, to take revenge from them after they expelled the zakat authority delegates, amid efforts by these members to humiliate the city and take full control of it like the rest of area, where Kafr Takharim is the only remaining thorn in their through at the entire border area that has not been fully under their control, and the source said: “after these members were expelled, we received messages threatening to get things back to normal or there would be other measures, and they gave us until 12 p.m. but they sent negotiators and at the same time during the negotiating session there was a state of alert in the ranks of both parties, and we had confirmed information about alert in the ranks of Jabhat al-Nusra in case of anything.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 4th November 2019 that it monitored a demonstration in Kafr Takharim city north-west of Idlib, sources informed SOHR that the demonstrators have dismissed the deputies of the General Authority for Zakat stationed in Olive compressors, the demonstrators also burned the papers on which they write down the amount of Zakat of each farmer, and dismissed the members of the police outpost thet belongs to Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham.

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