On Monday morning, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham arrested a former leader, Jamal Zeiniya, nicknamed Abi Malek al-Tali, after surrounding his house in Idleb.
Media sources close to him and others previously affiliated with Tahrir al-Sham confirmed the arrest of Tali, who had worked as a member of the organization’s Shura Council before defecting.
A source familiar with the tensions between Tali and Tahrir al-Sham suggested that the former’s arrest was due to a financial dispute, adding that Tali broke away from the organization and possesses around 20 million dollars.
Tali announced his resignation from Tahrir al-Sham on Apr. 7, 2020, blaming his “lack of knowledge of some of the group’s policies or his lack of conviction in them,” according to a statement he released at the time.
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