Local sources in Western Hama reported that commanders of Jeish al-Nasr affiliated to the National Liberation Front and gunmen of Syria’s Tahrir Front engaged in bloody clashes in Jabal Shah’shabou region.
The sources further said that the clashes came after Syria’s Tahrir Front embarked on arresting commanders of Jeish al-Nasr and inflicted a number of casualties on both sides and claimed the lives of a number of civilians as well.
The sources went on to say that Commander of Jeish al-Nasr Abu al-Mahdi, whose relatives had been captured by the rival militants, ordered his forces to take members of the Eastern Court affiliated to Syria’s Tahrir Front in Tarmala region in Southern Idlib.
Fierce clashes are still underway between the two rival terrorist groups, the sources said, adding that gunmen of Maqawir al-Shamal affiliated to Syria’s Tahrir Front have started mediation to end clashes with Jeish al-Nasr.
In the meantime, a number of terrorists were killed or wounded after a bomb-laden vehicle went off near a service building in Idlib city.
Also, an unspecified number of Jeish al-Ahrar members lost their lives in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Khan Sheikhoun region in Southern Idlib.
In a relevant development on Sunday, Abu Harira Somali, a notorious non-Syrian commander of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front), was killed by unknown gunmen in the Northeastern province of Idlib.
Abu Harira Somali, a Somalian commander of Tahrir al-Sham, was gunned down by unidentified assailants on the Idlib-Saraqib road.
The sources further pointed to the intensified assassination attempts on the lives of terrorist commanders and tensions among militants, adding that at least four terrorist commanders have been assassinated in the region only in the last few days.
Other sources, meantime, said that heavy fighting was underway between ISIL and Tahrir al-Sham in Western Idlib, adding that Tahrir al-Sham captured a number of ISIL members in Sahl al-Orouj region following the clashes.