On August 5, ISIS cells in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside executed one of the civilians who were abducted by its fighters during the brutal attack on several villages in the region last week.
Local sources identified the victim as 19 years old “Muhanad Zuqan Abu Amar,” a student of the Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology (HIAST). Muhanad was reportedly abducted from his home in the village of Shbeiki.
The terrorist group released a video of the execution, in which Muhanad said that ISIS fighters will execute him because the negotiations with the Damascus government failed. Muhanad also warned that the remaining hostages will face a similar fate, if the government refuses to meet the demands of ISIS.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), more than 30 women and children are still in the hands of ISIS cells in eastern al-Suwayda. The terrorist group wants the Damascus government to release more than 70 of its fighters who were captured by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in western Daraa last week.
The reason behind the failure of the first round of negotiations between the Damascus government and ISIS remains unknown. However, locals hope that the new round, which began yesterday, will succeed.