The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had uncovered a hideout that had been used by militants working as organ traders in the southern Idlib countryside, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on July 29.
The army discovered the hideout, which is located in the town of al-Ghadfah, with help from the locals, who provided information on its whereabouts.
According to the SANA, human organs, including hearts, livers and heads, were found in the hideout. The organs were preserved in jars with chloroform. The jars carried the names of the victims. Personal IDs of the victims, men and women, were also found in the hideout.
The hideout included a room detected for religious studies with radical books and publications. This indicates that the militants were not members of a gang, but rather of a Jihadi group.
Al-Ghadfah, which is located in the vicinity of the city of Ma`arat al-Nu`man, was controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham. The town was liberated by the SAA and its allies a few months ago.
Greater Idlib is known to be a hub for organ traders in Syria. Turkey is the main market for this horrific trade. Militants in the region rely on organ trading, among other criminal activities, as a means to finance their terrorist operations.
Turkey, which deployed thousands of troops and loads of equipment in Greater Idlib over the past few months, is turning a blind eye to illicit activities in the region.