المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

With cold weapons | Unidentified assailants assassinate prominent member fought in “Operation Peace Spring”

Idlib province: Residents have found the body of a prominent member of Ahrar al-Sharqiyah faction operating under the banner of the pro-Turkey “National Army”. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activists, the member was killed with cold weapons on the outskirts of Idlib.

It is worth noting that the dead man had engaged in battles with the Turkish forces in Afrin, and “Peace Spring” Operation.

This incident coincides with the deteriorating security in areas under the control of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and opposition factions in Idlib province and surrounding villages in Aleppo, Latakia and Hama countryside.

Syrian Observatory activists in these areas have documented the death of 50 persons since the beginning of 2021 by bombings, shooting or kidnapping and then getting rid of much of the bodies in remote areas in Idlib and the surrounding villages or in Aleppo, Hama and Latakia.

According to the SOHR statistics, the fatalities were categorized as follows: 22 civilians, including three females, 24 Syrian fighters affiliated to HTS, Islamic and rebel factions, four from jihadist groups of non-Syrian nationals. Dozens others have been wounded in these attacks.

As more fatalities were documented, the number of people who have been killed in the countryside of Idlib, Aleppo, Hama, and Latakia since the 26th of April 2018, the start date of the security chaos to be escalated in these provinces, rose to 778. They were assassinated by bomb attacks, IED detonations, gunfire, abductions and then killing and throwing the bodies in remote areas. The fatalities were distributed as follows:

  • A fighter in Turkistan Islamic Party
  • The wife of an Uzbek commander and another child was with her
  • The attorney-general of the Ministry of Justice of the Salvation Government
  • 241 civilians, including 24 children and 24 women
  • 451 fighters of Syrian nationality belong to Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, al-Sham Corps, the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Izza, and other factions operating in Idlib
  • 83 fighters of Somali, Uzbek, Asian, Gulf, Jordanian, Turkish and Caucasian nationalities.

Meanwhile, the assassination attempts have injured tens of people with varying severity.

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