According to local residents, Turkey gives Hay’at Tahrir al Sham militants free rein.
We have informed of the actual situation in Idlib province concerning to implement the terms of Russian-Turkish deal over demilitarization zone in Northern Syria.
Idlib inhabitants claim HTS terrorists control all sectors of activity in the province. They own all the organizations there and adjust salaries. Humanitarian relief is also distributed under their control.
The reports say HTS jihadists continue to kidnap citizens and demand a ransom for their release. If they are able to find out anyone else is linked to the Syrian government, they kidnap his (or her) children or confiscate personal property.
According to the source, Turkey ‘has turned a blind eye’ and continues to supports HTS and supplies it with all the necessary. HTS militants also lease land from citizens on behalf of Turkey and force them to work on it. Moreover, a number of HTS militants is growing.
Thus, civilians stop trusting local Sheikh who have promised them that terrorists will be withdrawn from the province of Idlib.