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Infighting between Islamist, Turkish-backed armed groups continues in north Syria

Infighting between Turkish-backed factions in north Syria continues despite pleas by civilians, with most recently dozens of members of the civilian police resigning in response to a shootout with the military police that left two of its members wounded.
Turkish-backed policemen man a checkpoint in the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin on March 31, 2018.

Violent clashes erupted Feb. 22 between members of the civilian police and security forces on the one hand and the military police on the other in Syria’s city of Afrin, in the northern countryside of Aleppo, under the control of Turkish-backed Syrian factions. Two members of the civilian police and a woman were injured in the infighting.

A displaced person from eastern Ghouta who witnessed the incident told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that a fistfight first erupted between members of the civilian police and the military police before it culminated in a shootout near Al-Mowasalat Street in the center of Afrin. Another clash erupted nearby between people standing in queues to receive aid, he added.

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