Douma captive recounts 'forced participation' in militants' 'pretend' chemical attack
A Syrian civilian who was freed from Jaish al-Islam captivity in Douma on Monday, recounted how the militant group had allegedly forced him to participate in a “pretend” chemical weapons attack scene that they then filmed, back in 2015.
“We went [to Douma] and they [Jaish al-Islam] gathered us and forced us to take our shirts off, and said ‘the army is about to use chemical weapons,'” Mohammed Khudr Mousa stated from Salamiyah on Wednesday.
“‘You should pretend chemical weapons were used against you and that you cannot breathe. We will pour water on you to revive you,'” he recalled his captors saying.
Khudr Mousa went on to describe how a doctor held captive by the militant group was allegedly “forced to fill syringes, pretending that he was injecting us to revive us.”
“They [Jaish al-Islam] poured water on us, and forced us to pretend we were unconscious according to their wishes.
They brought a camera and filmed us,” he alleged. In an off-camera comment, he told Ruptly that he was not able to say whether the video he was part of was published.