Tahrir al-Sham’s complete control over the city of Afrin!
ISWNews Analysis Group: Following the operations of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Sultan Suleiman Shah Division and Hamza Division in northwestern Syria, the city of Afrin was captured by Tahrir al-Sham.
After the advance of Tahrir al-Sham, Sultan Suleiman Shah Division and Hamza Division in the suburbs of Afrin and taking control of the Basouta region and the villages south of this city, local sources announced the complete control of Tahrir al-Sham militants over the city of Afrin. This caused a great panic in the streets of Afrin, which is filled with tens of thousands of civilians.
The operations of Tahrir al-Sham militants and its allies in other fronts of Afrin have also been successful. The militants of Sultan Suleiman Shah Division took control of the town of “Maabatli” located in the western outskirts of Afrin after the retreat of Al-Faylaq al-Thalith militants. In the continuation of the operation, the Tahrir al-Sham militants, using the principle of surprise and the gap in the defense line in the Tal Salur area, after several hours of fighting and exchanging fire with the militants of the Liberation and Construction Movement, controlled the city of Jandires, the villages around this city and They took over the strategic crossing of Al-Hammam.
At present, the Al-Faylaq al-Thalith militants have left the city of Afrin for the city of Azaz. Tahrir al-Sham militants have given Al-Faylaq al-Thalith militants until 19:00 local time to withdraw from the city of Azaz and hand over this city to them.
During the chaos and the conflict between armed groups, a number of people imprisoned in Maaratah prison in the outskirts of Afrin also escaped from this prison. Also, with the increase of conflicts, the refugee camps in the outskirts of Afrin city have witnessed the massive exodus of refugees towards the camps in Idlib region and other areas in the outskirts of Aleppo.
It is worth mentioning that these clashes started after the arrest of two of the commanders of the Al-Hamza Division by the Al-Jabhaha al-Shamiya militants, due to their involvement in the assassination of a media activist.