HTS seizes 4 relief aid trucks in Aleppo’s Jindires

AFRIN, Syria (North Press) – On Wednesday, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS, formerly al-Nusra Front) seized four trucks, onboard relief aid sent by Arab tribes in north and east Syria, in the town of Jindires in the countryside of Aleppo. The extremist group transported the aid to the city of al-Dana in the countryside of Idlib.

The town of Jindires witnessed tension between the HTS and Jaysh al-Sharqiya, affiliated to the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA), on the background of aid arriving in the area amid accusations of looting and enforced confiscation.

Tension between the two sides rose following the arrival of an aid convoy from Deir ez-Zor where Jaysh al-Sharqiya prevented HTS general apparatus to run the convoy, a source told North Press.

A source told North Press that HTS increased its presence in Jindires, installed security checkpoints in the area, and started monitoring and checking trucks that arrived in the area, pushing Jaysh al-Sharqiya to warn HTS’ apparatus not to meddle in aid as it is the controlling force in the area.

On February 14, HTS installed a number of checkpoints close to Jindires and activated a number of mobile ones within the town, allegedly to prevent lootings but its seeks to expand in the area, according to a local source.

Reporting by Hani Salem