On February 13, heavy clashes broke out between two Turkish-backed factions in the occupied area of Afrin in northern Syria.
The clashes erupted when the Shamiya Front launched a large attack on headquarters and posts of Jaysh al-Islam in Afrin’s city center. Shamiya Front militants were reportedly chasing a wanted man who took refuge at one of Jaysh al-Islam positions.
The Shamiya Front and Jaysh al-Islam employed heavy weapons during the clashes which went on for several hours. Both factions are a part of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, two militants of Jaysh al-Islam were killed and at least 12 others were injured.
The clashes came to an end in the afternoon. A Sharia [Islamic] committee was formed by local Sheikhs to end the conflict between the two sides.
The Turkish military and its proxies captured Afrin from Kurdish forces in a rapid attack early on 2018. Since then, the region has been unstable.
Chaos and unrest prevail over Turkish-occupied areas in northern and northeastern Syria. Earlier today, an explosion in the Turkish-occupied town of al-Rai, east of Afrin, claimed the lives of two people and injured eight others.
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