As we reported yesterday, in the past few days more than a dozen muhajir families living in Idlib city have been handed eviction orders by HTS.
Upon reporting to the local municipality to further enquire about and to contest the decision, they had their photos, full names and even fingerprints taken.
The families, a significant number of whom are Tunisian as well as other nationalities, have been given four days to vacate their houses. Some families were ordered to leave the city entirely while some were only forced out of their homes. Those who fail to comply with HTS’ demands face arrest.
While the apartment buildings which they have been demanded to leave are home to both Syrian and muhajir families, only the muhajirin have been subject to these threats.
In recent weeks since the eviction campaign began, some have objected to the decision, saying that the demands are unfair and unrealistic, and were subsequently imprisoned as a result. Those that were imprisoned were released a few days later only after they submitted to HTS’s conditions in writing to vacate their homes.
The question many are asking is, why this pressure and aggression towards the muhajirin, especially those who fought alongside their Syrian brothers during the liberation of the city, and why now? What does HTS seek to gain by expelling them or are there bigger factors at play here?