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Idlib residents demand release of detainees in jihadist group’s prisons

The families of detainees in Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s prisons in Syria’s Idlib province organized a series of protests, demanding that the group free their relatives, amid rumors that some of them will be executed.
An aerial view shows the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib, Syria, Jan. 16, 2022.

ALEPPO, Syria — The number of protests demanding the release of detainees from the prisons of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which controls Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, have increased in the past days, following rumors circulating in the jihadis' and moderate Islamists' circles in Idlib that HTS plans to execute a number of prisoners.

On Jan. 21, dozens of people took part in a mass demonstration in the HTS-held town of al-Sahhara, in the northwestern Aleppo countryside, chanting slogans condemning HTS’ abuse against detainees held in its prisons.

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