ISIL militants kidnap civilians in northern Syria

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ARA News

Urfa, Syria− Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) kidnapped on Friday three prominent Arab tribal figures in Shaddadi town in Hasaka province, northeast of Syria, local sources reported.

Sheikh Abdulrazzaq Hawash al-Mislet, Sheikh Mizar al-Mislet and Sheikh Salim Qandil, affiliated with al-Jobour tribe Hasaka’a Shaddadi, were kidnapped by ISIL militants while on their way back from Deir ez-Zor province.

“The Sheikhs were attending a conciliatory meeting in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor city before returning back and being kidnapped by ISIL militants,” a member of al-Jobour tribe stated to ARA News

According to the same source, Sheikh Abdulrazzaq Hawash al-Mislet was released few hours following his abduction, while the other two are still detained by ISIL.

In a relevant context, ISIL group kidnapped Wiso Massi, a 60-year-old man from Tel Abyad in Raqqa province, “while coming back from Tadmur (Palmyra), east of Syria, with his daughter after paying a visit to his son, Ahmed, who is held in custody by the Syrian regime in Tadmur prison,” said one of Massi relatives. 

Quoting the daughter of the kidnapped man, the source said that the ISIL kidnapped them (Massi and his daughter) at al-Furusiyya security checkpoint in Raqqa city, on the road leading to Kobane city, “but they released the daughter and kept the father with no obvious reason”.

Noteworthy, ISIL group dominates Shaddadi town in the southern environs of Hasaka province, as well as the whole city of Raqqa and its surrounding villages.  

Reporting by Ridwan Bizar 

Source: ARA News

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