Urfa, Turkey− Al-Qaeda fighters regained control over main areas in the Syrian city of Tel Abyad, north Raqqa, after renewed clashes with Syria rebels on Sunday.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) −affiliated with al-Qaeda− declared its control over Tel Abyad. The group was earlier forced to withdraw from the city when fierce clashes broke out between its members and different Syria rebel battalions.
Local sources reported that the ISIL members carried out “suppressive practices” against civilians who were accused of cooperating with the rebel groups during the anti-ISIL operations in Tel Abyad. Arbitrary arrests and summary executions were implemented by the al-Qaeda-linked ISIL against civilians and members of the Ibn Taymiyya battalion −an active rebel group in the area.
The ISIL fighters in Tel Abyad/Girespi have reportedly executed Khaled al-Hassan al-Omair, member of Ibn Taymiyya battalion, on Sunday. Omair’s head was cut off and shown to the public in the city.
According to activists, ISIL fighters have bombed at least 6 residential buildings in Tel Abyad, mostly owned by rebel families. The group has also bombed by mortars the house of Issa al-Kharfoush, leader of Ibn Taymiyya battalion in the city.
Observers expect an unprecedented displacement of civilians from Tel Abyad in the coming days due to the “repressive practices” of ISIL members.
“The barbaric behaviour of al-Qaeda’s ISIL in the city caused a state of panic among civilians,” a resident in Tel Abyad −who preferred anonymity− told ARA News.
Reporting by: Hana Muslim
Source: ARA News
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