Written by Khaled Iskef.
Over the past two days, Jabhat al-Nusra’s patrols in Idlib launched a campaign of arrests targeting a number of civilians on charges of affiliation with the Syrian government.
Local sources said that Al-Nusra militants had arrested 3 people on charges of forming a cell affiliated with the Syrian state. They were accused of carrying out bombings in Al-Jalaa Street in Idlib city, targeting weapons store last January, which resulted in the killing of two people and wounding of several others.
The sources added that the detainees were taken to an unknown destination, amid fears that they will be executed in Al-Nusra’s prisons, which have always carried out similar operations.
At the same time, the Al-Nusra militants are giving an appearance that they are seeking to control security in the region and that they are discovering the perpetrators of the explosions in Idlib.
The sources indicated that Al-Nusra continued to arrest civilians and put false accusations on them, with the aim of intimidating the population and strengthening its control over the area.
It is noteworthy that since the Al-Nusra Front and its allies seized Idlib years ago, the locals live in a state of fear, security chaos, the spread of bombings and systematic arrest campaigns, in addition to the armed men looting civilian properties and imposing royalties that burdened the population, under difficult living conditions they suffer from.
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