At least 13 terrorists were killed after Ankara-backed militant groups engaged in a fresh round of clashes in Afrin over controlling a key passageway at Syria-Turkey border, a Kurdish-language news agency reported on Monday.
Hawar news reported that Battalions of Sultan Murad and Firqa al-Hamza engaged in a fresh round of clashes with rival terrorists of Ahrar al-Sharqiyah and Aswad al-Sharqiyah in the villages of Hiyami, Ali Karo and Za’ara in Bolbol region in Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo, leaving at least 13 terrorists dead and several more wounded.
It further said that the infighting came after differences erupted among rival groups over running a border-crossing used by terrorists to traffic narcotics to Turkey with Turkish army’s coordination.
Hawar news went on to say that a Turkish army convoy was sent to the region to end several hours of infighting among terrorists.
Hawar News reported on Sunday that terrorists of Ahrar al-Sharqiyeh and Ahrar al-Sham, both affiliated to the Turkish army, exchanged fire in the village of Diki in Bolbol region, adding that at least three terrorists were killed in the infighting.
It further said that Ahrar al-Sham militants managed to escape from the village along with their family members on three vehicles carrying the villagers’ assets the terrorists had stolen.
The source said that the Ankara-backed forces seized mobiles of the residents in Afrin’s old neighborhood to avoid the spread of the news to other regions, Hawar news said, adding that the occupiers and their allied militants have been continuing looting people’s assets, assassination and detention of tens of civilians to blackmail their families.