المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

As pictures circulated on media showing torture of “Islam Alloush” | “Jaysh Al-Islam” denies its relevance to the disappear of Razan Zaytouna

“Jaysh Al-Islam” has issued a statement dismissing its relevance to the disappear of the human rights activists Razan Zaytouna and her companions in eastern Ghouta in 2013.

 

The statement declared that there were so many factions in eastern Ghouta at that time, some of which were found out to be agents for regime forces and joined Al-Assad’s army (Jaysh Al-Wafaa) after they were present in Ghouta claiming that they were revolutionary groups.

 

The statement pointed out that Jaysh Al-Islam cooperated with all human rights and international organizations and facilitated their work, including the office of Razan, clarifying that the office remained in eastern Ghouta even after Jaysh Al-Islam captured the region until the forcible displacement of the region’s people.

 

The statement added that the major beneficiary of the disappear of Razan and her companions is the Syrian regime because of the report Razan’s office provided to UN, which documented the regime chemical attack on Ghouta in 2013 when over 1,550 people, mostly children, were killed. Meanwhile, Jaysh Al-Islam is the most affected by Razan’s disappear, as this heinous crime has been used with the aim to defame Jaysh Al-Islam and attack its policy.

 

Jaysh Al-Islam stated that Ghouta hosted ISIS members affiliated to Al-Baath regime before Jaysh Al-Islam eliminated them, while the headquarters of Jabhat al-Nusra surrounded the area where Razan and her companions were located, which also far from the frontlines and positions of Jaysh Al-Islam.

 

This development comes in the wake of the arrest of the former spokesperson for Jaysh al-Islam, Majdi Tameh, known as Islam Alloush, in France, while pictures circulated on media outlets depict great signs of torture that he was subjected to by French authorities.

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