DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:55 A.M.) – Tensions between jihadist factions in Damascus province have once again sharpened, with heavy clashes outbroken in Yarmouk camp in southern outskirts of Syrian capital.
On Saturday evening, militants of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) launched an attack in northern sector of the district storming positions of rival jihadists of Ha’yat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS, Syrian Al-Qaeda branch).
Last week, some of the HTS militants were transferred from Yarmouk to Idlib province. Knowing this, IS tried to take advantage of slightly decreased HTS manpower.
So far, HTS has been able to repel the attack of their jihadist colleagues claiming to have killed one IS militant and wounded 3 others.
Jihadist infighting is nothing new for Yarmouk district as IS and HTS have been wrestling with each other here for about two years now, with varied success.