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HTS arrests members who assaulted media workers in Idlib

Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/06/11 08:48

Idlib - SMART

The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) arrested members who beat a number of media activists on Wednesday as they were filming the passage of a Russian-Turkish patrol on the M4 highway in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria.

The HTS is an Islamist opposition faction previously known as the al-Nusra Front, consisting of fighting groups including the Haqq Brigade, Jabhat Ansar al-Din, and Jaysh al-Sunnah.

On Thursday, the HTS media relations office said that the HTS arrested the members who assaulted the media activists and referred them to the military justice for investigations. HTS officials also apologized to the activists and asked the judiciary to judge the incident.

One of the media activists who were beaten reported to SMART that the media workers and HTS officials met and discussed the attack incident, and that the activists went to the court in the area to give their statements formally before the judiciary.

On June 10, 2019, activists and media workers held a sit-in in the city of Idlib, Northern Syria, expressing solidarity with the journalists who were attacked by HTS members.

HTS members beat media activists while they were filming the passage of the Turkish-Russian patrol, and confiscated their cameras under the pretext of filming women who gathered to throw Turkish vehicles with stones.