Islamic State arrests Syrians who refused to fight Kurds

A Kurdish fighter from the YPG returning to headquarters after clashes with ISIS near Qamishli, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Gaziantep, Turkey – The Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) carried out a campaign of arrests against civilians in the city of Jarablus in northern Syria, under the pretext of “trying to escape the city” during the clashes which erupted recently between them and the Kurdish joint forces in the countryside of Jarablus.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, activist Ali Mawas, based in Jarablus, confirmed that the Islamic State waited for all the people who left the city during the clashes to come back, and then began this campaign of arrests.

Mawas added that the group’s insurgents arrested dozens of people after noon prayers.

“According to the IS militants, the civilians fled the city while they had to stay to protect it and fight alongside the Jihadists of the group,” he reported.

Alia Yunis, one of the returnees to the city, told ARA News: “I left the city with my family for fear that my sons would be recruited by the radical group, and when we returned home, they arrested my 17-year-old son without providing clear reasons.” 

Over the past two days, the Islamic State has arrested nearly 200 young men from the nearby city of Manbij in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, in addition to arresting many women and children, an informed source told ARA News.


Reporting by: Beri Ali

Source: ARA News

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