Syrian Al-Qaeda splinter group executes two civilians for spying

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Militants of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham executing two men in Idlib on charges of spying for the Syrian regime. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Idlib – Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) militants executed two civilians on Sunday in Idlib city. The condemned men were accused of spying for the regime in northwestern Syria.

JFS executed 39-year-old Muhammad Jabalak and 54-year-old Ammar al-Ali in central Idlib. “These two infidels have been cooperating with and spying for the Assad regime,” the jihadi group said in a public statement.

JFS is an Al-Qaeda splinter group, which until July was known as Jabhat al-Nusra. The group shares control of Idlib with several other Islamist rebel factions, including Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Fateh.

The executions were reportedly carried out in a public square. The unfortunate men were shot in the back of the head while kneeling in front of their captors. According to local media activist Aiman al-Hussein, “the execution took place in front of hundreds of people.”

“The two men were executed right after being arrested. There had been no interrogation or material evidence [demonstrating] their involvement in any spying activities,” al-Hussein reported.

The lack of due process and the method of execution reportedly infuriated local residents. Al-Hussein told ARA News that “[Sunday’s] incident has angered the people of Idlib.”

Reporting by: Jamil Mukarram | Source: ARA News

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