Third Corps armed group, HTS violently clash after truce failed
The so-called Third Corps terrorist armed group announces the collapse of the ceasefire agreement signed with Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham, and violent clashes erupt between the two parties.
The Turkish-backed Third Corps of the Syrian National Army (SNA) armed groups announced on Monday the collapse of the ceasefire agreement signed with Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS).
The Corps reported that it had engaged in violent clashes with the HTS militants on the Kafr Janneh front in the area separating the "Olive Branch" and the "Euphrates Shield" areas in northern Aleppo.
The strategic village of Kafr Janneh was subjected to heavy bombardment by the HTS militants seeking to advance and take control of the area. The latter announced its control over the villages of Mash'ala and Duha near Kafr Janneh in the northeastern countryside of Afrin.
Artillery shells fell on the Tajammo' al-Barakah camp for the displaced, in the vicinity of the city of Afrin, as a result of the clashes.
The Third Corps announced the killing of its leader Abu Wakil Al-Homsi in the village of Al-Khalidiya, south of Afrin, as a result of clashes with the HTS.
Heavy artillery shelling by the HTS targeted the village of Maryamin, which is under the control of the Third Corps militants, south of Azaz.
In the meantime, the HTS-controlled village of Turinde was subjected to heavy artillery shelling from the areas controlled by the Third Corps militants in the countryside of Azaz.
On Sunday, Al Mayadeen's correspondent in Syria reported that Russian aircraft raided the outskirts of the town of Kfar Janneh in the countryside of Afrin District in Aleppo as well as the village of Qatma on the outskirts of Azaz, which is also under the Turkey-backed SNA's control.
The Third Corps withdrew the text detailing its deal with Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham from its social media platforms, signaling a failure between the two in committing to the 10-article agreement to cease confrontations and end the dispute between them.
Al Mayadeen's correspondent said Friday that a meeting between officials from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and officials from the Turkish-backed Third Corps forces failed to reach a truce in the north of Aleppo, northern Syria.
“Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham demanded that the armed factions lift their hands of prisons, service institutions, and local administrations,” the correspondent added.
Al Mayadeen’s correspondent has also noted that "the HTS insists on the withdrawal of armed factions from cities and villages and their concentration of forces on battle fronts instead," adding that "the group aims to implement a project that leads to the complete unification of militant-controlled areas from Idlib to Jarablus [a city in northern Syria]."