Journalist Bilal Saryool calls for end to spread of weapons in Northern Syria

تحرير أمنة رياض | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 13 نوفمبر، 2018 11:55:40 م خبر عسكريفن وثقافة إعلام

Turkey - SMART

On Tuesday, the journalist Bilal Saryool, whom fighters of the Sultan Murad Division detained and tortured before they released him, called for an end to what he called “the chaos of the spread of weapons” in areas outside Syrian government control in Northern Syria.

Saryool delivered statements to SMART after he arrived in Turkey, saying, “We should put an end to the chaotic spread of weapons and establish civil institutions with  independent judiciaries that do not belong to any military faction.”

Saryool added, “We started the Syrian Revolution to demand freedom and not for some militants come and assault civilians, prevent freedom of expression, and hinder media flagrantly (...) We want to focus on establishing free and independent media, civil institutions, and an independent judiciary.”

Saryool noted that he is not sure whether the man who detained him, Abu al-Laith, really belongs to the Sultan Murad Division. Saryool added, “This man is of a bad reputation and has committed encroachment on civilians (...) On  the contrary, the Sultan Murad leadership helped in my release.”

Activists who follow opposition faction developments in Northern Syria emphasized that Abu al-Laith belongs to the Sultan Murad Division and is known for his bad reputation and acting without permission. The activists commented on Sayrool’s statements about Abu al-Laith, saying that Saryool said what he did either because he arrived in the area recently as a forcibly displaced person and does not know any better, or because he fears Abu al-Laith after he tortured him.

Saryool added that unidentified Turkish parties sent people to accompany him to Turkey to continue his treatment for previous injuries caused by Syrian government forces’ bombings when he was in Eastern Ghouta.

SMART contacted the Sultan Murad Division, which denied detaining Saryool and refused to comment any further.

On Sunday night, Saryool came home bearing obvious signs of torture. The Journalists Syndicate in Eastern Ghouta stated that Sultan Murad Division fighters kidnapped Saryool by force and kept his location secret.

The 23-year-old Saryool comes from Eastern Ghouta and was injured during the recent Syrian government forces campaign in the area. Saryool left for Northern Syria with forcibly displaced people after he refused to reconcile with the Syrian government. Saryool settled and worked in Afrin until his detention.

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تحرير أمنة رياض | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 13 نوفمبر، 2018 11:55:40 م خبر عسكريفن وثقافة إعلام
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