BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – A large rebel group has begun withdrawing from the agreed upon buffer zone in the Idlib Governorate, today, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.
According to the SOHR report, Faylaq Al-Sham “began pulling out of areas in the southern countryside of Aleppo and the western suburbs of Aleppo city with heavy weapons, including tanks and cannon.”
The SOHR report added that Faylaq Al-Sham has between 8,500 and 10,000 fighters, making them one of the largest groups in northern Syria.
On Saturday, one of Faylaq Al-Sham’s allies, Jaysh Al-Izza, announced that they would not be withdrawing from the buffer zone, adding that they reject the agreement because it favors the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies.
The reason it favors the Syrian Arab Army is because the buffer zone is not located inside any of the government’s territories in Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, and Idlib.