The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham executes 5 members of ISIS cells in the Russian – Turkish demilitarized area, the first of its kind

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham carrying out a new batch of executions against people accused of being members of sleeper cells belong to the “Islamic State” organization; and responsible for carrying out assassinations within the provinces of Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama, where the Syrian Observatory monitored the execution of 5 people by Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, the sources confirmed that they were executed in al-Zerba area in the southern countryside of Aleppo on charges of “belonging to ISIS cells”, where members of the Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham opened fire on them after being arrested earlier within the arrest operations against tens of people on these charges, which were occasionally intercepted by violent clashes between members of these cells and members of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, in addition to the executions that were carried out directly, or the mass targeting of sites and headquarters of these cells, where this is considered the first execution carried out within the Russian – Turkish demilitarized area, which has been specified in a recent Russian – Turkish agreement.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also monitored the failure of factions operating in the countryside of Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama to control the security chaos, despite the security operations which contributed to the arrest of tens of people on charges of belonging to the “Islamic State” organization, and the arrest, executions, and killing of tens of members who belong to these cells during security operations in the areas where the security chaos is spread; some of them were executed immediately after being arrested and others were executed after interrogation, while some were killed during the clashes when raiding headquarters of these cells which belong to the “Islamic  State” organization, where it rose to 80 at least, the number of members of ISIS and these cells who have been killed since the end of April 2018, of Syrian, Iraqi, and other non-Syrian nationalities, including at least 41 where executed by slaughtering them or directly shooting them, while the rest were killed during raids and exchange of gunfire between these cells and members of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham in the areas of Salqin, Sarmin, Sahel al-Rouj and several other areas in the countryside of Idlib.