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FSA Terrorists, Commander Killed in Infighting in Afrin over Plundering People’s Properties

26 March 2018 15:28

Several Ankara-backed militants, including a commander, were killed and dozens of others were held captive in infighting between two groups of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants in Afrin and al-Bab in Northern Aleppo over plundering people’s properties.

Local sources reported on Monday that heavy clashes erupted between Ahrar al-Sharqiyeh and Ferqat al-Hamzeh affiliated to the FSA and backed by Turkey on Sunday afternoon on plundering the properties stolen from people in Afrin.

They added that during the clashes, a commander of Ahrar al-Sharqiyeh namely Abu Saker al-Qadesiyeh, was killed, noting that a number of terrorists from both sides were also killed and wounded.

Meantime, Ahrar al-Sharqiyeh terrorists held captive nearly 200 Ferqat al-Hamzeh militants in reaction to the death of Abu Saker.

The sources noted that clashes between the two sides have also spread to the town of al-Bab in Northeastern Aleppo, adding that tensions are high in the region as their forces are on alert.

A Turkish military official confirmed on Sunday full control over the town of Afrin by the Turkish army and its allied militants fighting against the Kurdish militias within the framework of Operation Olive Branch.

The source said that the Turkish army and allied militants have imposed full control over Afrin in Aleppo province, adding that the remaining villages were captured on Saturday night, completing Ankara’s control over the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Saturday that 3,740 Kurdish forces were killed or held captive during Operation Olive Branch in Afrin (started in January).

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