On August 17, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) arrested Bassiem al-Hamoud “Abu Sa’aed”, a TOW operator of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Idlib governorate, according to opposition sources.
Abu Sa’aed was arrested in his house in Kafir Nubul town in the southern Idlib countryside side. Opposition sources claimed that he is now in HTS’ infamous al-Iqab prison in Jabal a-Zawia in southern Idlib.
Abu Sa’aed is a fighter in the US-backed Free Idlib Army that supported HTS last attack in the northern Hama countryside in 2017. HTS didn’t reveal yet why Abu Sa’aed was arrested.
Abu Sa’aed is also a friend of Suhil al-Hamoud, another FSA TOW operator who had been arrested by HTS for more than a week in May 2017.
Lately, HTS is busy securing its newly gained position as the strongest force in Idlib province. HTS arrested thousands of people in Idlib under a variety of charges like working for ISIS or the Syrian Government or even Turkey.