HTS arrests protesters in Syria’s Idlib

IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS, formerly al-Nusra Front) arrested two people after participating in a protest against the practices of HTS in Idlib countryside, northwest Syria, two days ago.

The HTS General Security Service pursued people who participated in a protest in the village of Deir Hassan, north of Idlib on Friday, and demanded the release of detainees in its prisons, exclusive sources told North Press.

HTS security service had arrested both Muhammad Abdul Hamid al-Mar’i, who had previously worked with HTS, according to the source, and Suhaib al-Sheikh, who hails from the al-Ghab Plain, west of Hama, the sources added.

HTS took the two young men to an unknown location, according the same sources.

On January 19, the town of Tal’adah, west of Aleppo, controlled by HTS, witnessed protests in which dozens of women participated, calling for the release of detainees in HTS prisons. 

The HTS effectively controls all of the Syrian opposition-held areas in Idlib governorate and parts of other governorates, and it runs them through the Salvation Government that was established in Idlib in late 2017.  

The HTS is accused of committing violations against residents in its areas of control. 

Reporting by Bara’ al-Shami