Clashes broke out between two fighters of Ahrar Al-Sham and others from the Ahrar Al-Shariqya in Al-Bab city today, which resulted in the death of three civilians, including a woman, and the wounding of two fighters of Ahrar Al-Sharqiya. Then, the latter faction stormed the Hikma hospital while its staff were providing medical treatement to the wounded fighters. The situation esclated into clashes with medium and light weapons, which pushed Ahrar Al-Sham and Al-Sham Legion to deploy reinforcements from Azaz to Al-Bab in order to stop the clashes.
The clashes came two hours after the break out of an uprising in the city triggered by the storming of the Hikmah and Al Salam hospitals by fighters belonging to the Hamza Division.
Ahrar Al Sharqiya affiliates are locals from Deir Ezzor province who allied with Nusra Front during the fighting agianst Daesh in the province in 2014. The name of the faction at that time was ‘Duru Al -Sharqiya’ or ‘Jaysh Al-Sharqiya’. After their defeat at the hands of Daesh in Deir Ezzor,, they were split into different groups, each of which headed to different locations, including northern Aleppo and Eastern Qalamon.
After joining the ranks of Euphrates Shield, Ahrar Al Sharqiyah have been involved in the looting of dispalced civilians from Deir Ezzor and Raqqa on the pretence of affiliation with Daesh. They have also battled some Euphrates Shiled factions, as was the case with the clashes against the Sultan Murat Division over the confiscation of a vehicle, which was looaded with electrical devices, at an Ahrar Sharqiay checkpoint in northern Aleppo. The faction in question have also executed some fighters from Deir Ezzor’s factions for trumped-up charges. The civilians in northern Aleppo also protested against their human rights abuses, which inclue kidnapping and demanding of ransoms, looting activities and the confiscation of civilian belongings.