Northern Homs residents protest arbitrary arrests

















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More than a dozen residents of Talbisa in the northern Homs countryside protested Wednesday against the local Sharia Court, controlled by Jabhat a-Nusra and Ahrar a-Sham, for detaining young men without informing their families of their whereabouts or the charges leveled against them. “My nephew, a fuel salesman, was kidnapped six months ago...without us knowing who took him,” Abu Taha, a resident of Talbisa, told Syria Direct Thursday. “A month ago we discovered Ahrar a-Sham had him, and that his charge was sympathizing with the Islamic State.” “We will continue [protesting] until the fall of the Sharia Court supported by Nusra and Ahrar a-Sham,” Abu Taha said. “The sheikhs [judges of the Sharia Court] in Talbisa have one job: to fill their bellies,” read one sign held by a child in Wednesday's protest, reported the Syria Rebels Gathering. Discontent with the Sharia Court, based in Talbisa, is shared across the northern Homs countryside. In nearby al-Houla, Nusra and Ahrar a-Sham are holding approximately 60 young men in detention centers “without trying them, or telling their relatives where they're being held,” Abu al-Bara, a citizen journalist from the town, told Syria Direct Thursday.





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