Unconfirmed reports of Nusra, Druze confrontation in Idlib





northern Idlib provinceJune 11, 2015http://syriadirect.org/news/syria-direct-news-update-6-11-15/An armed confrontation between Jabhat a-Nusra and the Druze of the Jabal a-Sumak region in the northern Idlib countryside unfolded Wednesday with conflicting information as to the reason behind the dispute and the number of casualties. Nusra had previously taken over the houses of Druze who had fled the region, and began to build a wall inside a confiscated home, Abdul Majeed, a resident of a village neighboring Qalb Loz, where the incident took place, told Syria Direct Thursday. When relatives of the house's owner objected, a fight broke out that reportedly ended with Nusra killing 23 civilians. If not for rebel intervention, “only God knows what would have happened,” he added. Pro-opposition Al-Arabi al-Jadeed reported Thursday that 24 Druze were killed in the incident, but attributed the reason to Nusra trying to take over the house of a regime recruit. The majority-Druze Progressive Socialist Party issued an announcement expressing its disapproval of the event, admitting that an unspecified number of Druze died, reported Lebanese daily A-Nahar. The announcement denied reports that “the Druze were slaughtered,” adding that the problem was contained after communication with involved parties. Commenting on the announcement, Abdul Majeed said that “after communication with our sheikhs, they asked Jumblatt [head of the Progressive Socialist Party] to say that [no massacre occurred] to contain tensions.”
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An armed confrontation between Jabhat a-Nusra and the Druze of the Jabal a-Sumak region in the northern Idlib countryside unfolded Wednesday with conflicting information as to the reason behind the dispute and the number of casualties. Nusra had previously taken over the houses of Druze who had fled the region, and began to build a wall inside a confiscated home, Abdul Majeed, a resident of a village neighboring Qalb Loz, where the incident took place, told Syria Direct Thursday. When relatives of the house's owner objected, a fight broke out that reportedly ended with Nusra killing 23 civilians. If not for rebel intervention, “only God knows what would have happened,” he added. Pro-opposition Al-Arabi al-Jadeed reported Thursday that 24 Druze were killed in the incident, but attributed the reason to Nusra trying to take over the house of a regime recruit. The majority-Druze Progressive Socialist Party issued an announcement expressing its disapproval of the event, admitting that an unspecified number of Druze died, reported Lebanese daily A-Nahar. The announcement denied reports that “the Druze were slaughtered,” adding that the problem was contained after communication with involved parties. Commenting on the announcement, Abdul Majeed said that “after communication with our sheikhs, they asked Jumblatt [head of the Progressive Socialist Party] to say that [no massacre occurred] to contain tensions.”