Syria: 58 killed in clashes between pro-Turkish rebel groups, Al-Qaeda’s name revealed2 min read
58 killed in clashes between anti-groups that have been going on for more than a week
Of the 48 fighters killed, 28 were from the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham coalition (HTS).
Beirut, 58 people have been killed in more than a week of clashes in Turkish-occupied northern Syria. News agency AP quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying that since October 8, 48 rebel fighters and 10 civilians were killed in clashes in a volatile area near the Turkish border. The report further stated that 28 of the 48 fighters killed were from the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham coalition (HTS), which is led by a former Syrian ally of al-Qaeda.
Violence erupts in Aleppo province
Dozens of rebel groups opposing President Bashar al-Assad are confined to areas in northern and northwestern Syria that remain out of government control after more than a decade of war. The latest fighting started this month between two rival pro-Turkish rebel groups in the city of al-Bab in Aleppo province, which slowly spread to other regions and joined other factions, including the HTS. The HTS is widely seen as the strongest and best organization of the rebel groups that dominate the Idlib region, Syria’s last major opposition stronghold.
“The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham could not have entered the area without Turkey’s consent,” said Observatory chief Rami Abdul Rahman. Let us tell you that since 2011, Syria’s war has killed nearly half a million people and more than half of the country’s pre-war population has been driven out of their homes. Along with Turkey, Russia and Iran have also been involved in this war in one way or the other.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 18, 2022, 15:51 IST