Treading carefully, Syrians return to post-ISIL Al-Bab

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army last week pried northern town from grip of terrorist group

Treading carefully, Syrians return to post-ISIL Al-Bab

World Bulletin / News Desk

As the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) combs for landmines and booby-traps in recently recaptured Al-Bab, some local families who escaped ISIL’s grip have begun returning to their homes.

FSA fighters are warning returnees to tread cautiously when reentering their homes due to the proliferation of ISIL-planted bombs and booby-traps.

During the recent fighting in Al-Bab, the town’s Cenar Hatar Hatap Mosque was severely damaged, outraging many residents.

“ISIL wanted us to leave the town,” local resident Gowad Abu Samra told Anadolu Agency. “Those who objected were threatened with death.”

ISIL has “nothing to do with Islam”, Abu Samra said, thanking all those who contributed to Al-Bab’s liberation from the terrorist group.

Fayyed Rahman, a father of eight, said he and his family were trapped in their home when the battle for Al-Bab began last week.

“We survived for 10 days without any supplies,” he recalled. “When we refused to abandon our home, I was mercilessly beaten.”

Rahman voiced his appreciation to Turkey for its role in freeing Al-Bab from ISIL.

“I thank Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” he said. “The Turks saved us from ISIL’s tyranny.”

“The Syrian regime is no different from ISIL; they both kill civilians,” he added. “Assad and ISIL are working in tandem.”

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced by the conflict, according to UN figures. 



Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Şubat 2017, 21:06