New fighting between Ankara’s factions in the countryside of Hasaka and Afrin
The fighting that erupts between the Turkish-backed armed factions within the areas under its control in northern Syria continues to increase the security vulnerability spread there, which results in dozens of civilian casualties, in the complete absence of any intervention by the Turkish forces to control these factions.
Today, Sunday, there were sporadic clashes between the “Al-Hamza Division” faction on the one hand, and the “Shohadaa Badr faction” affiliated with the “National Army” on the other hand, against the background of the assassination of the “Shohadaa Badr” commander by a “Hamza” gunman.
SDC sources indicated that the leader of the “Shohadaa Badr” faction was shot dead at dawn today by one of the militants of the “Hamza Division” in the village of “Al-Makhtla” in the countryside of “Ras al-Ain”, due to personal disagreements between them.
The sources indicated that the gunman who shot the faction leader took shelter in one of the headquarters of the “Al-Hamzah Division” inside the village, before a group of “Shohadaa Badr” attacked the headquarters, demanding the handover of the gunman, but the “Hamzah” gunmen refused the demands of the “Shohadaa Badr”, to erupt clashes between the two sides that continued until the group affiliated with the “Shohadaa Badr” withdrew from the area, but no information was received about any casualties on either side.
Great security tension prevailed in the village of “Al-Makhtla”, especially since the information indicated that the “Shohadaa Badr” faction had mobilized a large number of its gunmen in preparation to storm the village, while the “Al-Hamza Division” faction deployed checkpoints at the various entrances to the village.
In the countryside of Afrin, violent clashes also erupted between the “Al-Mu’tasim Brigade” faction and a defected group due to a dispute over influence, weapons and cars, after the group defected and joined the “Sultan Murad” faction.
The sources indicated that the clashes erupted between the two parties in the village of “Aster” in the countryside of “Afrin”, during the attempt of the defected group led by the so-called “Hamid” to recover its headquarters and the cars and weapons therein.
The sources added that the clashes moved from the vicinity of the headquarters in the village to the “Raju” road after the defected group withdrew and the “Sultan Murad” gunmen pursued them, in a new fight that resulted in the death and injury of 12 militants from both sides.
The renewed fighting from time to time in the various areas under the control of the Turkish-backed armed factions reflects the extent of the suffering experienced by the people of those areas due to the continuous security weakness there, whose aspects are not limited to the clashes between the armed men only, but also represented in the high rate of theft, kidnapping and extortion perpetrated by the armed men against the people.