Deteriorating security in rebel-held areas | Military commander killed over “honor crime”, while security tension grows in rural Afrin

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: SOHR activists have documented the death of a military commander of the Turkish-backed division of “Sultan Murad” after he was shot by a member of the same division. According to SOHR sources the member shot dead the commander after the commander had shot a woman of the member’s relatives while trying to force her out of the house she lived in Al-Ashrafiyah neighbourhood in Afrin city. The member later turned himself in to the police claiming that this murder was an “honor crime”.

On the other hand, SOHR activists have monitored growing security tension in Julqan town in the countryside of Jendires district, following a fight between civilians and members of the Turkish-backed “Al-Hamza Division”, after a member of the faction was about to hit a little girl with his car due to high speed.

Moreover, the military police have arrested three suspects in Azaz hospital, after they were injured in clashes which took place a few hours ago, as SOHR activists monitored growing popular discontent and panic, along with Turkish-backed factions being on high alert in Azaz city in north-eastern Aleppo. These developments coincided with a security campaign by members believed to be of Turkish-backed factions who came in a “Santa Fe” car to arrest several people at a shop in the market of Azaz city, where clashes erupted between the security forces and the shop’s owners with machineguns and grenades. The clashes left several injured.

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