1. DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:00 A. M. ) – Skirmishes have resumed with ferocity on the western fringes of Aleppo city as Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) is exploiting a regional UN-brokered safe zone that prevents the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) from conducting sorties over Idlib province and limits it from targeting Islamist rebel groups in rural Aleppo.
2. HTS represents the single largest rebel group in Syria; due to its persistent hostilities, the SAA has relaunched its counter-insurgency operations in most of the de-escalation zones.
3. HTS, a jihadist faction with close ties to Al-Qaeda, is considered a terrorist organization by most countries worldwide and subsequently has been excluded from the de-escalation zones in Syria.
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