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HTS detains British humanitarian worker in Idlib governorate

Editing: Kaled Abdul-hamid |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/06/23 10:38

Idlib - SMART

On Monday night, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) detained a British humanitarian worker in the Idlib governorate, coinciding with an arrest campaign that targeted HTS dissident commanders.

Activists reported to Bawab Idlib, one of SMART media projects, that the HTS security forces detained Tawqir Sharif, known as Abu Hussam the British, who is the supervisor of relief activities in the Atmah camps, 40 kilometers north of the city of Idlib.

The activists added that the reasons behind detaining Sharif is still unknown, as the HTS did not published any statement to clarify Sharif’s charges. The activists said that the HTS likely took Sharif to one of Idlib city’s prisons.

SMART communicated Mulham al-Ahamd, public relations official in the Salvation Government, who said that he does not have any information about the detention, adding that this an HTS matter that he has no access to it.

SMART is trying to contact the HTS for further details.

On Sunday night, the HTS detained Abu Malek al-Talli, a HTS dissident commander, in the city of Sarmada, 18 kilometers north of the city of Idlib.

HTS violations became frequent in its controlled areas, including detention, killing and suppression against media, and medical staff, in addition to workers of humanitarian and relief organizations. The HTS detained these staff without accusing them or putting them on trial, or revealing the locations where they are detained.