BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels in Idlib continued their campaign to arrest people wanting reconciliation with the government inside the province.
On Wednesday, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham reportedly arrested at least a dozen people inside the southern Idlib villages of Ma’arat Hurmah and Al-Naqeer.
The 12 people were charged by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham of trying to plan a reconciliation agreement with the government inside both of the Idlib Governorate towns.
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham said that these apprehended people are under investigation currently; if they are found to be in contact with the government, they will face death for treason.
These latest arrests come just a week after Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched a large-scale security operation to identify and apprehend anyone suspected of seeking reconciliation with the government.
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham said the purpose of this operation to avoid a potential Dara’a scenario, where many locals worked with the government to establish a reconciliation agreement.
The jihadist faction is viewed as a terrorist group in Syria and the government has worked at great lengths to get people to disassociate from them and reconcile with the state.