The sources said that as the possibility grows for the Turkish military interference in Idlib, Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) attacked the towns of Saraqib, Sarmada, al-Dana, Harem and Salqin and imposed control over regions near Bab al-Hawa border crossing.
But now the same sources and news websites affiliated to the terrorist groups say that Ahrar al-Sham has started pulling back its forces to get rid of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at and to seed up Ankara’s military invasion of Idlib.
Relevant reports said on Thursday that Tahrir Al-Sham captured many towns in Idlib’s countryside, including Sahab, Barabo, Tall Hawash, Al-Hamirat, Tarmala and Al-Toba along a number of towns which militants seized from Ahrar al-Sham the day before.
Tahrir al-Sham also took control over Salqin town, al-Dana town and the Sharia court building on its outskirts on Wednesday after dislodging Ahrar Al-Sham from the region.
Terrorists of Tahrir al-Sham also captured the city of Saraqib in Southern Idlib after heavy clashes with Ahrar Al-Sham which resulted in arresting of three top commanders.
Based on the reports, over 50 militants from both warring sides have been killed in the last 3 day and over 100 have been injured.
A large number of Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham have been arrested too.
Meanwhile, Ahrar Al-Sham called on reinforcements from Turkey to help beat back Tahrir al-Sham’s crackdown in Idlib province, while two Ahrar Al-Sham branches — the Al-Hujra Brigade and Fajr Al-Islam Brigade — announced the groups had defected to Tahrir al-Sham.
Relevant reports said on Thursday that intensified clashes between Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at in Southern Idlib resulted in the latter’s control over several towns and villages on Thursday.
The clashes erupted in the towns of Saraqib, Sarmada, Khan al-Sobol, Ariha, Salqin, Abli and Kalki, leaving tens of terrorists dead and wounded from both sides.
According to reports, Tahrir al-Sham took control of the villages and towns of Harem, Azmarin, al-Dana, al-Habit and al-Amar and the Sraqib silos.
After the development, Ahrar al-Sham attacked the town of Hazarin, occupied by Tahrir al-Sham on Wednesday, by tanks.
Meantime, during the clashes, the main roads of Idlib province were closed and the civilians in the region were strongly scared.