Infighting erupts between Turkish-backed factions in Syria’s Sere Kaniye

TEL TAMR, Syria (North Press) – Late on Saturday, fierce clashes erupted between two Turkish-backed opposition factions in northeast Syria’s city of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain).   

A local source told North Press that one-hour clashes with machine guns erupted between the Brigade 20 and al-Hamza Division in the village of Mokhtala in the countryside of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain).

The Turkish forces and Turkish-backed armed opposition factions invaded Sere Kaniye and Tel Abyad in late 2019 displacing up to 300,000. 

The reasons behind the clashes was a dispute on the points from which smuggling and lootings are crossed. Information about the casualties were not reported, according to the source.  

Earlier, two-day separate fights in Sere Kaniye and its countryside was erupted due to disagreements among the opposition factions regarding who to own houses of the displaced persons, lootings and on the illegal smuggling of people to Turkey.    

Insecurity prevails in areas in northeast Syria where the Turkish forces and the Syrian opposition factions are in control. The factions constantly fight each other on the lootings and on who to extend power. The clashes often leave casualties. 

Reporting by Dilsoz Youssef