Armed group killed in minefield north of Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria — Local sources in Daraa city confirmed that an armed group of men affiliated with an o0pposition group were killed after entering a minefield north of Aleppo while trying to reach areas in the countryside.

According to sources, Ramzi Mahmoud Abazid, the former leader of an armed faction, was killed along with several others in the minefield, located near the city of Afrin, which is under the occupation of Turkey and Turkish-backed factions.

The sources also indicated that Abazid, who is from Daraa, was the leader of an artillery battalion in the ranks of the opposition, moved from Daraa to Aleppo with a number of his gunmen.

It is worth mentioning that, according to sources, several groups in the ranks of the so-called Syrian National Army (SNA) — a collection of militias, including several espousing Islamist ideologies, formed and funded by Turkey — continue to partner with regime-aligned groups to smuggle members of the opposition through regime territory to Aleppo in exchange for large sums of money.