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DECEMBER 2020

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Arrested Members Of Political Party Promoting Islamic Caliphate

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Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has arrested members of so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.

According to several opposition sources, HTS’ security forces arrested two member of the party in the town of Atimah in northern Idlib on August 29. Prior to that, seven members were arrested in the same area.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which was founded in 1953 by Sheikh Taqiuddin al-Nabhani in East Jerusalem, calls for the restoration of Islamic Caliphate. Nevertheless, the party rejects the use of violence to bring about political change.

The sources said Hizb ut-Tahrir members were arrested for distributing leaflets and statements condemning Greater Idlib ceasefire and rejecting the recent Russian-Turkish agreement on the region.

A group of women gathered in Atimah to protest against the arrest of the party’s members. The women were brutally assaulted by HTS’ security forces.

HTS has been actively working to silence its critics in Greater Idlib, even those affiliated with jihadist groups. The group’s grip on the region has been getting tighter.

This month alone, HTS’ security forces arrested American journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem, British aid worker Tauqir Sharif and Syrian activist Fayez al-Daghim.

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