HTS jihadists begin stealing Christian property in northern Syria after granted religious approval
Jihadists of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) – one of the most powerful militants factions in Syria – have been granted religious approval by the group’s law-making authorities to steal Christian properties in the northern Syrian province of Idlib.
The degree issued by HTS law-making figures went into effect about one week ago, and according to local sources, the possession of Christian properties by the group’s fighters has already begun.
Specifically, many of the group’s fighters are being resettled in Christian homes, the additional properties within which are now too, under the new law, also their possession to do whatever they will with.
Furthermore, there are apparently other laws of religious persecution attached to this decree, including fines of 400 USD for those found guilty of being an “infidel”.
Almost the entire province of Idlib fell to militant factions in the summer of 2015 after a series of major offensives against Syrian government forces. At that time what is today Hayat Tahrir al-Sham was called Al-Nusra Front and the faction had open links to Al-Qaeda; it played a major role in leading the attacks which led to Idlib’s fall.
As militants gradually took over Idlib in 2015, many Christians fled the province, leave being their properties and entrusting the protection of these assets to Muslim friends who stayed behind.