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Ahrar Al Sham, Tahrir Al Sham agree to end tension in Idlib

Local | 2017-07-17 11:40:13
Ahrar Al Sham, Tahrir Al Sham agree to end tension in Idlib
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Ahrar al-Sham and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham reached a deal to end a week of tensions that raised fears of widespread violence in the rebel-held province of Idlib, Press officers of former al Qaeda branch told Zaman al-Wasl.

Imad el-Din Mujahed said both warring parties agreed to ease tension and to halt fight and media provocation by forming a committee to reconcile the discords.

Omar Khattab, military spokesman for Ahrar al-Sham said the situation is 'calm' after mobilization and deploying troops from both Islamist groups.

On Saturday, the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham said the al-Qaida-linked Tahrir al-Sham is sending reinforcements to the town of Saraqeb and the Jabal al-Zawiya region in preparation for an attack.

The Ibaa News Agency of the al-Qaida-linked group accused Ahrar al-Sham of setting up checkpoints and detaining one of its commanders and his bodyguard, adding that Tahrir al-Sham, or the Levant Liberation Committee removed the checkpoints later by force, AP reported.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the clashes late Friday were concentrated near the village of Tel Touqan.

The two rival groups have clashed earlier this year before a truce was reached.

Idlib is one of the most important strongholds of rebels, including jihadist factions, who seek to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, whose air force, along with that of his ally Russia, has been heavily bombarding rebel there.

The peaceful demonstrations that ended up with deadly war carried out by the Syrian regime and key regional players has killed at least 470,000 people, including 150,000 children and has displaced over 12 million people.

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