On May 19, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sahm (HTS) executed four civilians – “Abd al-Aziz Ruduan”, “Hamdi Yazagi”, “Tha’ir Salam Alik” and “Hussam al-King” – in the center of the city of Idlib accusing them of being “spies” for the Syrian and Russian intelligence, the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi reported.
According to Enab Baladi, four civilians were accused of carrying out assassinations and planning attacks in Idlib governorate upon orders from the Russian intelligence in Hmeimim airbase and the Syrian Military Intelligence.
HTS announced on May 10 that its security forces had captured three intelligence cells of the Syrian Military Intelligence and the Russian intelligence after tracking them for months. Back then, a security commander of HTS claimed that these cells had assassinated many fighters and commanders of HTS and the Free Syrian Army.
In a similar way, HTS executed a civilian named “Fawaz Ali al-Ahmad” in the village of al-Jinah in the western Aleppo countryside accusing him of being a “spy” for the US-led coalition on May 18. Syrian opposition activists claimed that al-Ahmad had been responsible for an airstrike on a mosque in the village of al-Jinah on March 16, 2017.
In the both cases, HTS didn’t present any evidences to support its claims. This led Syrian pro-government activists to believe that the radical group is fabricating these charges to get rid of its opponents.