Christian citizen kidnapped in Syria’s Tel Abyad

22-02-2014

 

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Ramiz Qadmus is a Christian resident of Tel Abyad city in the northern countryside of Raqqa. He was reportedly kidnapped nearly 20 days ago by an unidentified armed group. No information was known since then about the destiny of Qadmus. 

One of Qadmus’ relatives, who preferred anonymity, told ARA News on Friday that the family suspects the al-Qaeda affiliated group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to be behind Ramiz’s kidnapping.

“Members of the ISIL have earlier threatened the family of Qadmus to either convert to Islam or get killed,” the source said.   

According to Ramiz’s relative, the ISIL forced his wife to change her name from Theressa to Fatima (a Muslim name), and also forced her to perform Muslim prayers and commit to the Islamic dress (veil). 

Ramiz Qadmos used to work as a First Warrant Police Officer before having to retire due to a car accident which led to amputating one of his legs. Qadmus is one of the few Christian families who used to live in Tel Abyad city before the control of the al-Qaeda-linked ISIL over the city, northern Syria. 

Noteworthy, the ISIL had turned the church of Tel Abyad city to an advocacy headquarter after removing the cross and the statues of Jesus Christ, Mary the Virgin and the bibles. Moreover, many Christian residents of Tel Abyad left the city and emigrated to Turkey after getting death threats if they don’t convert to Islam.

 

Reporting by: Hana Muslim

Source: ARA News

 

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