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Rebel groups patch up truce in north Syria

Recent fighting between rebel groups led to increased numbers of refugees in the area [AFP]

Date of publication: 11 October, 2016

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Following recent bitter in-fighting between rebel groups, Fateh al-Sham signed an agreement with Ahrar al-Sham on Monday night, the day after it joined forces with Jund al-Aqsa.
Two major Syrian rebel groups have signed a joint agreement, possibly ending a recent spate of fighting between rebels in the Idlib and Aleppo regions.

Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (previously al-Nusra Front) signed a hand-written note on Monday evening, affirming an end to the fighting between Ahrar al-Sham and Jund al-Aqsa.

The statement agrees to an "immediate ceasefire, the opening of all closed roads and the immediate release of detainees from all sides except Islamic State."

Translation: Ahrar al-Sham and Fatah al-Sham published the text of the terms of agreement between
them, ending
the recent killing between al-Ahrar and Jund al-Aqsa

The hand-written agreement, which was published to Twitter also establishes "the formation of a committee with five judges, two from Ahrar al-Sham, two from Fateh al-Sham and one neutral, to follow up on any claims made by any party."

The agreement comes the day after Jund al-Aqsa joined Fateh al-Sham in order to "avoid shedding the blood of Muslims" and "overcome the internal fighting" between Ahrar al-Sham and Jund al-Aqsa.

Jund al-Aqsa was designated a terrorist group by the United States on September 20 and Fatah al-Sham, previously referred to as 'al-Qaeda in Syria', was labelled a terrorist organisation in 2012.

Violent fighting broke out between Jund al-Aqsa and Ahrar al-Sham last week, leading to dozens of deaths on both sides.

A number of commanders were kidnapped and murdered on both sides and videos emerged of captives who were allegedly murdered.

On October 6, the UN envoy for Syria, de Mistura, made a personal plea for Fatah al-Sham to leave Aleppo, saying that it would lead to an end to the siege.

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