Latakia province: SOHR sources have reported that an unidentified man, but believed to be a jihadist, was found dead in al-Sallour village in Jabal al-Turkman in the northern countryside of Latakia.
According to local sources, there were gunshot wounds on the man’s body. However, uncertainty has been still surrounding the circumstances of this murder.
It is worth noting that a factional rivalry erupted in Jabal al-Turkman in October between Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham on one hand, and Jund Allah group and other groups comprising members of Chechen, eastern European and Turkish nationalities on the other. The clashes at that time left nearly 40 fatalities.
Syrian Observatory activists in HTS-held areas have documented the death of 79 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: 38 civilians, including five females and two children, 32 Syrian fighters affiliated to HTS, Islamic and rebel factions, nine of 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 806. 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:
- Two fighters of the 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
- 258 civilians, including 26 children and 26 women
- 458 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
- 87 fighters of Somali, Uzbek, Asian, Gulf, Palestinian, Jordanian, Turkish and Caucasian nationalities.
Meanwhile, the assassination attempts have injured tens of people with varying severity.