BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – One of the largest rebel factions in northern Idlib, Faylaq Al-Sham, reportedly suffered heavy casualties after a group of unknown assailants carried out an ambush inside the town of Kaftin.
Rebel activists claimed on Sunday that at least ten bodies of Faylaq Al-Sham fighters have been identified so far in Kaftin, while the others still remain unknown.
The assailants also seized Faylaq Al-Sham’s weapons and supplies in Kaftin before they fled the area.
Some activists have blamed Jund Al-Aqsa for the ambush on Sunday, despite a number of inconsistencies in the accusations.
Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-Qaeda franchise) typically operates in the southern part of rural Idlib and they have been known to attack Faylaq Al-Sham fighters in the past; however, they have a have little-to-no presence in the northern part of the province.