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Jihadi group steps up arrests of rivals, former jihadi allies in Idlib

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has arrested a number of figures belonging to jihadi groups, such as Hurras al-Din and Sham al-Islam, in an ongoing arrest campaign against rivals and former allies.
A drone image shows Syrian demonstrators gathering during a protest in the village of Maaret al-Naasan to protest against a reported attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Idlib province, Syria, May 1, 2020.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which controls Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, has recently stepped up its arrest campaign against al-Qaeda-affiliated Hurras al-Din. 

News circulated Feb. 2 about HTS’ arrest of Abu al-Bara al-Tunisi, a prominent Hurras al-Din leader, as well as two other leaders of Moroccan nationality. The arrests took place during raids carried out by HTS’ security apparatus in the town of Kansafra, in the Jabal al-Zawiya area.

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