المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After the death of hundreds of citizens and fighters… Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham continues its new round within the abolition war and takes the control of a crossing connected to the regime’s controlled areas

The violent fighting is still continuing between Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham against Ahrar Al-Sham Islamic movement and Suqour Al-Sham Brigades, in areas in the southern sector of Idlib countryside and the northern sector of Hama countryside, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored that Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham managed during its attack which it started today dawn the 15th of April 2018, to advance and take the control of Murak town and its crossing connected to the controlled areas of the regime forces, after it controlled during morning, Khan Shaykhun city and the towns and villages of Sahyan, Hish, Kafr Ayn, Tal’aas, Moqa, Al-Ameriyah, Maarrat Matir, Sheikh Damis, Kafr Sajnah, Rakaya Sajnah, Maarzita and other positions in the southern countryside of Idlib.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the death of a person as a result of the renewed fighting within the abolition war between the major factions operating in the Syrian North, while the fighting was accompanied by exchange of targeting and shelling between the both parties, and confirmed information about the death of 2 fighters in their ranks in these clashes, and the SOHR obtained a copy of a video showing a commander in Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham, called “Abu Al-Yaqazan Al-Masri”, a commander of the rebel attack of Tahrir Al-Sham, while he was delivering a speech to a group of fighters of the Hayyaat during the fighting  and saying that “O, People of Al-Sham, Allah has honored you to witness the fighting against the Americans, the Russians, the apostates of Bashar Army, those who spread corruption in the lands, the Khawarij, and the corrupts. The end is near and the ranks are becoming clear, and the fighting will continue until this area turns back to a battlefield against the infidels. Noor Al-Din Al-Zenki Movement didn’t open a new battlefront and it sent 40 fighters to a position in Skaik area, but they withdrew after 10 days. The weapons were obtained to be used in Jihad and kept stored for a year and will come out to be used in Jihad, tanks, tracked vehicles, warehouses of Ahrar Al-Sham became under our control and the Jihad in the Levant is a faith, don’t lose it”.

Also the fighting between the both parties, resulted in the fall of a large number of human losses in the ranks of the both parties, during which hit-and-run clashes and exchange of control took place, where the SOHR documented the death of 24 citizens including 8 children and 5 women, who have been killed since the start of the fighting on the 20th of February 2018, as a result of shelling and random shootings in the countryside of both Aleppo and Idlib, and the SOHR also documented that 196 members at least of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham were killed during the shelling and clashes against Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement in the western countryside of Aleppo, and against Ahrar Al-Sham and Soqur Al-Sham in Idlib countryside, and 148 fighters of Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement ,Ahrar Al-Sham and Soqur Al-Sham, who were killed during the shelling and clashes in the area, and the number of casualties may increase because of the presence of a large number of injuries, some of them have seriously wounded, in addition to information about other casualties the SOHR is not able to document so far.

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