Clashes Break Out in Western Aleppo After Nusra Fires on Civilian Protestors

Militants clash with locals from a number of towns including Atarib, the site of a deadly airstrike on Monday

Locals of the city of Atarib clashed with Nusra Front checkpoints in the western Aleppo countryside on Tuesday, wounding a number of people.

Sources on the ground said that Nusra Front fighters had fired live bullets at a protest that broke out in the city of Atarib to condemn the recent fighting between Nusra and the Nour Eddin al-Zinki Movement. This led to a general mobilization of residents and clashes erupting with Nusra Front, which ended with the locals taking control of the city’s checkpoints.

According to the same sources, Atarib locals took control of the Al-Mughsila and Al-Muhakma checkpoints under the control of the Nusra Front after a number of its fighters were wounded or taken prisoner by the town's residents.

The clashes spread to the towns of Khan al-Asal and the area of Dahiyat al-Kahraba and Al-Helouna, as well as several other towns and villages, where sources on the ground said heavy gunfire broke out during an attempt by the Nusra Front to storm the areas.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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