Hayat Tahrir al-Sham exploits poverty to push them to join its ranks in Edleb, Syria

EDLEB, Syria — According to a report by Al-Monitor, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which controls Edleb (Idlib) Governorate and parts of Holeb (Aleppo) Governorate, is taking advantage of the difficult living conditions in the region to bolster its ranks by luring people with a panoply of incentives.

HTS’s goal is to increase its control beyond its current strongholds and into other areas to expand its influence into areas currently controlled by factions supported by Turkey, said the report.

HTS pays its members monthly salaries ranging between $100 and $300, depending on the nature of the work, while the salaries of fighters in the factions of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) supported by Turkey amount to around 600 Turkish Liras, or approximately $35 per month.

According to sources, what has prompted many young people to join the ranks of the HTS is the high salary, especially in the camps for the internally displaced, which attract the largest number of young people.