Syria’s Druze minority under ISIS threat

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ISIS militants executing civilians west of Mosul. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) imposed a siege on the town of Huqif in the Druze province of As-Suwayda, southern Syria, local sources reported on Thursday.

The radical group has reportedly received military reinforcements in the eastern countryside of As-Suwayda, a province inhabited by Druze minority group.

Young men in the town of Huqif carried weapons to defend their houses against the radical group.

“The IS terrorists are planning to attack the town. We’re not sure how long we can prevent them from storming the town, especially that we only posses light weapons in comparison with their armored vehicles and heavy machine guns,” a local activist told ARA News on the phone. 

Local sources reported that the reinforcements were received by ISIS through the desert from Palmyra –a Syrian ancient city taken over by the group last week.  

The sources (who conditioned anonymity) confirmed that IS insurgents are stationed in the area of al-Qaser next to Huqif town, pointing out that a state of panic prevailed among civilians stranded in the town. 

The radical group has also threatened in a statement to attack Jabal al-Arab area in As-Suwayda province, where Syrian army forces are stationed.

 

Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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