BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 A.M.) – Intense clashes broke-out between the Turkish-backed rebels inside the northeastern Aleppo city of Al-Bab on Sunday, pro-opposition activists reported.
According to the pro-opposition activists, the clashes broke-out between the recently evacuated rebels from the Qalamoun Mountains and a faction of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.
In particular, the Qalamoun rebels were identified as the Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah faction of the Free Syrian Army and the Al-Waki family who fights under the banner of Ahrar Al-Sham.
The fighting reportedly started when the Al-Waki family opened fire on the group of Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah fighters, killing the latter’s military commander, Tarek Al-Afer, and five of his fighters.
Following this attack, Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah sent reinforcements from the Afrin region to demand Ahrar Al-Sham hand in the Al-Waki fighters behind the assault on on Afer and his men – Ahrar Al-Sham refused.
A fierce battle would ensue, with both sides suffering at least ten casualties each in Al-Bab.
The clashes are still ongoing at the moment, but several Turkish-backed factions have deployed to the area to help stop the fighting.