Infighting between Turkish-backed factions goes on in Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria (North Press) – Late on Tuesday, areas held by Turkish-backed armed opposition factions, known as Syrian National Army (SNA), witnessed infighting resulted in controlling headquarters of al-Hamza Division in the countryside of Aleppo.  

After they took over the city of al-Bab, east of Aleppo, some SNA factions conducted sweeping operations against al-Hamza Division in the eastern countryside of Aleppo covering the village of Tel Battal, north of al-Bab, and al-Ghandoura in the countryside of Jarablus, an exclusive source told North Press.    

According to the source, violent clashes erupted between Levant Front and Ahrar al-Sharqiya from one hand, and al-Hamza Division and Sultan Suleiman Shah faction, known as al-Amshat, from the other, in the vicinity of Tel Battal village.  

Sham Legion and Ahrar al-Sharqiya repelled an advance at the outskirts of Jindires following clashes lasted hours in the vicinity of al-Mahmoudiya camp and Deir Balout causing panic and horror among the camps’ residents, the source added.   

Late on Tuesday, violent clashes erupted between al-Hamza Division and opposition factions at the outskirts of al-Bab in a bid by al-Hamza to regain control of its seized headquarters.

Amid this affair, the Education Directorate in the city suspended schooling owing to clashes between the two parties, according to the source.

The source indicated that violent clashes took place between Sultan Suleiman Shah faction and Levant Front at the axis of Mabata (Ma’batly) and Sheikh Hadid, north Afrin, amid cut in traffic due to the clashes that went intense between the parties.  

Last night, factions of Third Legion and Levant Legion of the SNA attacked headquarters of al-Hamza Division in the city of al-Bab and that of Bza’a in the east of Aleppo controlling them after all al-Hamza militants were expelled following involvement in the murder of a media activist in the city days ago.  

Reporting by Farouq Hamo