On charges of espionage, Islamic State arrests civil activists in Syria


Civilians arrested by IS militants. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Militants of al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State (IS) arrested last week a number of international organizations’ staff in Jarablus city, north of Syria, on charges of “espionage”.

Speaking to ARA News in from Jarablus, civil activist Abu Ahmad al-Jadri said: “The Islamic State arrested seven workers from World Vision and NRC organizations.”

Al-Jadri said that the detainees were moved on Thursday to one of the Islamic State’s prisons in Manbij city, 80 km east of Aleppo.

The World Visions’ detained volunteers are Haitham al-Ahmad, Ahmad al-Ahmad, Ayham Othman, Hussein Orban, Khalawi Hussein and Mahmoud Jassem. Fron NRC staff, Khalil Hamdan was detained.

According to al-Jadri, one of the former volunteers of World Vision has reported to the Islamic State the names of several staff of the organization, saying they were involved in spying activities.

“Reacting to his dismissal by World Vision, one of the volunteers complained to IS about the organization’s spying activities,” al-Jadri said. “The volunteer told IS militants that he was dismissed refusing to spy on the Islamic State group and accused all other volunteers of working for the organization’s anti-IS agenda.”

Al-Jadri pointed out that the dismissed volunteer preferred to stay anonymous for fear of familial and tribal revenge.

The Islamic State members broke into the houses of the World Vision’s and NRC’s staff and arrested them earlier last week.

Following the incident, other staff members escaped the country for fear of imprisonment by IS group.

On July 9, 2014, ARA News received and published a document sorted as “secret and urgent”, in which Prince of the Islamic State in the Syrian northern city of Jarablus, Abu Bakr al-Masri, demanded the group’s militants to pursue opponents and prosecute them according to the group’s strict rules.


Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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