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Syrian jihadist group HTS blocks civilians from reaching Turkish border

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham used violence to break up a caravan that was heading toward Syria's Bab al-Hawa border to cross into Turkey.
Syrians gather in front of the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey on Sept. 12, 2022.
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Security officers affiliated with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) assaulted several journalists who were covering a gathering of civilians near Bab al-Hawa crossing with Turkey in the north. 

According to Idlib-based media sources who spoke to Al-Monitor, around 400 civilians from the Idlib area in northwest Syria marched Sept. 12 toward the Bab al-Hawa border crossing as part of a “peace caravan” to cross into Europe via Turkey, leaving behind the deteriorating living conditions in Idlib. 

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