By Theodore Shoebat
Muslims in Syria, all members of the Al-Nusra jihadist gang, overtook twenty innocent people and shot them all to death in a mass execution, simply because the victims were of the Druze faith. According to the report:
At least 20 Druze villagers have been shot dead by the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in north-western Syria, activist and opposition groups say.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said elderly people and a child were among those killed in Qalb Lawzah in Idlib province on Wednesday afternoon.
The Druze faith is an offshoot of Islam considered heretical by jihadists.
However, al-Nusra’s leader vowed last month not to harm members of religious minorities who did not fight it.
The group is part of a rebel alliance, the Army of Conquest, which has taken control of much of
Idlib in the past three months, driving out government forces.
Another rebel alliance was reported to have launched an assault on the government air base in the south of the country on Thursday.
A rebel spokesman said they had managed to seize most of the al-Thala base, but state television reported that three rebel attacks had been repelled.
The Syrian Observatory, a UK-based monitoring group, reported that Wednesday’s shooting occurred after a Tunisian al-Nusra commander tried to confiscate a house belonging to a Druze man who he claimed was loyal to the Syrian government.
Relatives of the house’s owner protested and tried to stop the commander.
The dispute soon turned violent and a villager was shot dead before another seized the rifle of an al-Nusra fighter and opened fire, killing one of the jihadists, the Syrian Observatory said. Reinforcements were called in by the commander and at least 20 villagers were shot, it added.
Sources told the BBC that the al-Nusra commander accused the Druze of being “kuffar” (infidels) before ordering the mass shooting, and that rebel groups allied to al-Nusra, including Ahrar al-Sham, eventually intervened to stop the bloodshed.
The main Western-backed opposition alliance, the National Coalition, said an armed clash broke out “following an aggression by al-Nusra Front members” and that it had left “dozens of Druze men” dead.