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Maarrat al-Nu'man massacre death toll increases to 42 killed and wounded; Masked assailants kidnap former Ahrar al-Sham Islamist Movement fighter in Idlib

Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2019/01/31 10:59

Local and field updates:

On Wednesday, the death toll of the massacre committed by the Syrian government forces in the city of Maarrat al-Nu'man in southern Idlib, Northern Syria, increased to 12, and the number of wounded increased to 30.

Obada Thikra, the head of the Civil Defense center in Maarrat al-Nu'man, said that the death toll was 10 men, one woman and one child, while the number of wounded reached 24 men, two women and four children. Thikra added that the Syrian government's shelling destroyed homes and other private property.

On Thursday, unknown masked assailants kidnapped a former fighter of the Ahrar al-Sham Islamist Movement of the National Liberation Front in the city of Kafr Nubl in southern Idlib, Northern Syria.

Activists reported that the masked assailants stormed the house of former fighter Maher ‘Abedo and transported him to an unknown destination. The activists reported no further details.

On Wednesday, unknown shooters killed a Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) fighter near the town of Maarrat Misrin, 10 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Local activists reported that the victim was Egyptian and known as Abu Mus'ab al-Masri. Al-Masri was a preacher in a mosque in the village of Sayjar, and was shot on the road to Maarrat Misrin, killing him instantly.

The Syrian government forces tortured two prisoners from one family to death in the Homs governorate, Central Syria.

A source from the victims’ family reported that the Syrian government gave the prisoners Qasem and Zakariya Talaas’ death certificates to their families when Qasem’s father visited the Syrian government Homs governorate building.

The Syrian government forces arrested four oil truck drivers near the Homs Refinery in Central Syria. The drivers were coming from areas controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Eastern Syria.

The truck drivers' relatives in al-Raqqa reported that the drivers and their vehicles belong to the al-Qaterji Company, owned by Muhammad al-Qaterji, who promised the drivers safe passage between YPG-controlled areas and Syrian government-controlled areas.

Political and international updates:

The Kurdish Autonomous Administration in Northeastern Syria said that they are not communicating with France about the French Islamic State (IS) detainees in its prisons.

The joint head of the Autonomous Administration's Foreign Relations Office reported that the number of IS detainees in its prisons cannot be disclosed to the media before coordinating with the detainees' home countries.

The French government announced the possibility of allowing French jihadists detained in Syria to return to France after the United States' decision to withdraw its forces from Syria.