Gaziantep, Turkey – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) arrested Tuesday a number of civilians, including young men and elderly, in the city of Manbij in Aleppo countryside, northern Syria, locals reported.
Among the detainees was Sheikh Izzaddin al-Hassan, imam of the main mosque of Manbij.
The family members of Sheikh Izz al-Din al-Hasan, 80, refused to comment on his arrest to ARA News for fear of IS unexpected reactions.
Speaking to ARA News on the phone, a family member of a young detainee, who preferred anonymity, said that IS militants took his brother while heading to work as usual.
“We received the news of his arrest, learning that he was captured by IS militants along with dozens of young men from the city. There were no clear reasons behind their arrest,” he said.
“IS insurgents began the campaign of arrests to show people that the group’s strength is still at its highest levels,” the source added.
“Arresting civilians is a basic tactic pursued by the radical group to emphasize its authority over Manbij.”
The Islamic State hardline group has been transferring detainees from Jarablus and Manbij to Raqqa, media activist Hadi al-Abed told ARA News in Manbij.
Reporting by: Beri Mohammed
Source: ARA News
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