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Rudaw

Afrin calm day after 25 killed in Syrian militia infighting

By Rudaw 19/11/2018
Calm appears to have returned to the streets of Afrin after fighting erupted on Sunday between rival factions of the Turkish-backed Syrian opposition in the Kurdish enclave or northwestern Syria leaving 25 dead, according to a war monitor. 

Afrin was taken over by Turkish forces and their Syrian opposition proxies in March this year. 

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pro-Ankara Syrian opposition groups launched an assault on Sunday morning against the al-Sharqiya Martyrs, which had helped Turkey in its Afrin offensive – Operation Olive Branch. 

The group, which is part of Ahrar Sharqiya brigade, is led by Abu Khula and consists of around 200 fighters. It has been accused of “disobeying” Turkish forces and allegedly “committing abuses”, the monitor said.

Photos: Bakr Alkasem / AFP

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