Urfa, Turkey – Militants of Nusra Front (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) executed Wednesday dozens of Druze civilians in Qalb Loza village of Mount Simmaq, in the countryside of Idlib, pro-Druze media sources reported.
The Druze community tried to prevent Nusra jihadists from storming their village. “However, our (Druze) resistance couldn’t last for long. The terrorists of Nusra Front took over the village and executed dozens of people on Wednesday,” an eyewitness reported on the condition of anonymity.
Speaking to ARA News on the phone, activists from the Druze province of As-Suwaida in Syria’s south said that al-Nusra Front executed dozens of the Druze community due to their resistance against jihadists’ control of their areas.
Druze activists documented names of 30 victims in Qalba Loza village, describing the incident as a bloodbath against the Druze minority in Syria.
“Nusra terrorists barbarically executed our young men. The executions took place at the entrance of the village, as Nusra wanted to terrorize the rest of the civilians who opposed any advance by the group towards the village in the recent weeks,” a local source told ARA News.
“Islamists consider Druze people as apostates. They condition either converting to the Sunni Islam or to be summarily executed,” the source added, conditioning anonymity for security concerns.
Reportedly, a prince of Nusra Front known as Abu Abdullah at-Tunisi led the operations against the Druze village on Wednesday.
Noteworthy, the leader of al-Nusra Front, Abu Mohammed Joulani, said in a recent interview with the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television that his group has called on the Druze community to “modify their faith and return to the true Islam”.
Reporting by: Redwan Bizar
Source: ARA news
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