ACTIVIST: AFTER THREE ARRESTS, THE ONLY TIME I FEARED FOR MY LIFE WAS WITH ISIS!

ACTIVIST: AFTER THREE ARRESTS, THE ONLY TIME I FEARED FOR MY LIFE WAS WITH ISIS!
Investigations | 21 Dec 2014

Many Syrians have been arrested by ISIS, some of them even being liquidated, others still unaccounted for, with few lucky enough to escape ISIS' prisons. One of these lucky ones is the activisit Khaled Sabha, who works in the relief domain, in the areas in Aleppo outside regime control.

Khalid, who is married with four children, was one of the first participants in the revolution. He was arrested three times by the regime security forces, the first of which was in March 2011 on charges of "insulting the president." After this arrest he became one of the founders of the first civil organization supporting people's rights, called the Kifah [Struggle] Foundation.

Khalid was arrested by ISIS late last year without any clear charges, after being intercepted by ISIS fighters at the Hawooz [Water Tower] roundabout in Aleppo city. They tied him up and took him to their headquarters, where he remained 40 days until he and the rest of the prisoners were able to escape, as the ISIS fighters based in the Kadi-Askar neighborhood withdrew after being attacked by the Free Syrian Army [FSA].

In his interview with Rozana, Khalid says that, despite having been arrested three times by the regime, he only feared for his life under ISIS.

He adds: "ISIS fighters do not differentiate between a revolutionary, a fighter, or a civilian. it is enough for a person to be identified with a group ISIS does not approve of, to be threatened with death, even if this person were a minor or simply duped. Most of their [ISIS] actions serve the regimemost importantly by silencing the voice of the media through the arrest of journalists."

Khalid expresses surprise at the execution by ISIS of "Minas" and his father "Wanes," simply for being Armenians.

He explains: "Many of the prisoners were oppressed. But what truly caught my attention was that most those arrested, myself included, had been arrested on charges of apostasy or being secular; yet they ended up executing Minas and his father! Why? They owned a ice factory, and had even provided ISIS with many ice blocks, last summer!"


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