In field - Misinformation

Claims on Euphrates Shield groups supporting Ahrar al-Sham are false

  Wednesday 19th July 2017

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On Wednesday, al-Ithad Press website shared news with the following headline “Euphrates Shield groups convoy from Bab al-Hawa to support Ahrar al-Sham in Idlib” and said Euphrates Shield groups sent reinforcement today from Jarablus border crossing through Turkish territories toward Bab al-Hawa border crossing in Idlib.

Several news pages and personal accounts on social media shared the same claim but without mentioning the source.

Verify-Sy contacted many commanders of armed opposition groups in Euphrates Shield area to verify the claim but they denied this entirely saying their groups are in their areas and their battles against Assad regime, ISIS and SDF.

Verify-Sy reporter in Jarablus city north east Aleppo denied any reinforcement from the city’s border crossing toward Turkish territories.

Our reporter in Idlib countryside denied any armed group entered from Bab al-Hawa border crossing near Sarmada city in the past 24 hours saying there was fierce clashes between Ahrar al-Sham and Hayyet Tahrir al-Sham near the border crossing.

Since Tuesday night until now fierce clashes between Hayyet Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham in several villages and cities of Idlib province caused casualties and injuries among both sides and civilians.