DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:30 P.M.) – Fierce clashes ripped through several towns in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta region since early morning, declaring the beginning of a ferocious infighting among rival rebel groups.
According to local activists, the Saudi-backed Jaish al-Islam raided positions and HQ for the Syrian al-Qaeda Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman in Erbeen and Kafr Batna.
Dozens of militants have been killed in the clashes including Essam al-Qadi, military commander of Faylaq al-Rahman (photo below) and Abu Ghazi, the HTS emir in Erbeen.
The UK-based SOHR reported that up to 40 rebels from all the warring parties have been killed and and wounded in today’s clashes.
In an official statement, Jaish al-Islam claimed that both HTS and Faylaq al-Rahman have been blocking its reinforcements to battlefronts against the government forces.
“Yesterday, they [HTS and Faylaq] arrested a convoy of reinforcements which was heading to fight the Syrian Army in al-Qaboun neighborhood,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, other sources confirmed that the main cause behind the recent infighting lies in the rivalry for the huge supply warehouses owned by Faylaq al-Rahman.