DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:20 P.M.) – Heavy firefight broke out between two jihadi groups in the southern countryside of Idlib as the Syrian forces prepare for a major military operation against rebel factions.
According to local sources, the clashes erupted between Ahrar al-Sham and Failaq al-Sham near Maarrat al-Numan of southern Idlib.
The sources added that the conflict began when Ahrar al-Sham militants kidnapped a fighter who belongs to Failaq, and negotiated with his family for a ransom.
However, the abductee managed to escape his captors and turned to his fellow militants; reporting of another six abductees held in the same detention place.
No casualties have been yet reported due to the clashes.
This comes amid rising tensions rise in the area due to jihadists’ repeated violations of the Idlib de-militarization zone agreement by launching deadly attacks on Syrian Army positions.
These violations have propelled the government troops into deploying more forces along the frontlines in preparation for a full-scale military campaign.