BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – A large convoy of foreign jihadists entered the city of Jisr Shughour in the Idlib Governorate, Saturday, local opposition media reported.
The foreign jihadists were members of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), which is one of the largest factions loyal to the Al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham group.
Jisr Shughour was already under the control of the Turkestan Workers Party, despite some Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham checkpoints in and around the city.
However, some opposition activists have reported that Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham retreated from those checkpoints after the large convoy entered Jisr Shughour.
The reason for the reinforcements is still unknown; however, some activists stated via social media that TIP is taking precautions after the recent infighting between HTS and Ahrar Al-Sham.