Syrian Islamist rebels in Aleppo reach agreement with ISIS to open supply routes

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Rebel fighters gather along a street in the town of Babolin in Idlib countryside after retaking it from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – On Friday, Syrian opposition factions in the northern countryside of Aleppo, reached an agreement with militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) to open routes between the areas controlled by the two parties, military sources reported.

The agreement implies opening routes on daily basis between IS-held areas and those held by Syrian armed opposition “between 7:00am and 2:00pm every day”. 

Speaking to ARA News, rebel fighter Bassam Haj Mustafa said that the agreement was reached following an urgent need for fuel and oil derivatives in the opposition-held areas.

“When IS terrorists imposed blockade on the arrival of fuel to our liberated areas, we started preventing food and basic supplies to reach the areas occupied by them (IS),” he said.

Haji Mustafa added that the agreement between Syrian rebels in Aleppo and the IS group came after efforts by the Rebel Operations Chamber of Aleppo which negotiated opening the roads with IS-held areas in order to facilitate the receiving of fuel and oil and cover the needs of civilians in northern Aleppo. 

According to the source, the cars in the liberated areas (where rebels are stationed) should transfer fruit and vegetables to areas run by the radical group, while oil products will be transferred from IS areas to northern Aleppo. 

Reshid Sekvan, a Kurdish journalist, told ARA News that in many areas of the war-torn Syria and Iraq, the IS extremists held several kinds of agreements with its opponents, whether the opposition forces or the Kurdish fighters, in an attempt to benefit as much as possible.

“Despite its hardline ideology towards opponents, the group turns into a pragmatist organization if needed whether economically or politically,” he argued.    

The northern countryside of Aleppo witnesses fierce battles between IS radial group and the Syrian opposition Islamist factions, especially after the IS’ control over the village of Soran Azaz near the Turkish border two weeks ago.

 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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