MADRID, 11 Jun. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Hayat Tahrir al Sham, a coalition of militias made up of former fighters from the Al Nusra Front, the defunct Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda, has confirmed the death of its military spokesman during a rocket attack that occurred on Thursday in the Syrian province of Idlib, in the northwest of the country.
The death of Abu Khalid al Shami was announced at first by activist groups from Idlib in an information collected by Middle East Eye and has now been confirmed by the organization itself through an internal message collected by the SITE group, specialized in the surveillance of jihadist organizations.
In the message, the group confirms the death of Al Shami and vows “revenge against those responsible”.
According to Middle East Eye sources, Al Shami died along with another organization’s media officer, Abu Musab al Homsi, from the impact of a guided anti-tank rocket with the help of reconnaissance drones.
Al Shami was likely patrolling the front line in southern Idlib, an area that has seen further attacks since the beginning of the month by forces allied to the Syrian regime – presumably Russian, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – in an attempt to seize control of the last major opposition enclave left in Syria, which is now practically in the hands of HTS.