Disputes over smuggling | Casualties among Turkish-backed factions in Ras Al-Ain
Al-Hasakah province: SOHR activists have documented the death of a member of Al-Hamza Division from Homs city in infighting between armed groups of the same faction.
Moreover, a member was severely injured in the same infighting in Tel Orkom western of Ras Al-Ain “Sere Kanye” in the north western countryside of Al-Hasakah in “Peace Spring” areas, following disputes over human smuggling from SDF-held areas to Turkey escalating to clashes in Tel Orkom village and Tel Halaf, where members of the victim’s group attacked the bases of the other group.
This comes in light of security tension in the region and military reinforcements by both groups.
On the other hand, clashes among the same faction erupted in Ras Al-Ain after an armed group raided the house of a civilian who is related to a commander of Al-Hamza Division. However, no casualties have been reported yet.
On April 10, reliable sources informed SOHR that three members of “Shohadaa Badr” Brigade and two members of “Shohadaa Al-Hasakah” faction were wounded during clashes between the two factions that erupted in villages in the countryside of Ras Al-Ain/Sere Kaniye in areas controlled by Turkish forces and “National Army” factions in in “Peace Spring” area.
Meanwhile, the two factions continued to muster and mobilise their forces, as the “20th Division” intervened to support “Shohadaa Badr” faction during the conflict between the two factions over smuggling routes to Turkey and revenue sharing.
It is worth noting that over the past few days, the areas controlled by Turkish forces and “National Army” factions in the countryside of Al-Hasakah and Al-Raqqah had seen several conflicts between the various factions over the struggle for imposing influence and for the sharing of revenues of “human smuggling” to and from areas controlled by SDF and to Turkey.