Non-Syrian Terrorists Plundering Large Factories in Southeastern Idlib


Foreign members of the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) and the Islamic al-Turkistani party have looted the equipment and machinery of a number of factories in Southeastern Idlib, a military source said on Monday.

The source in Damascus said that the non-Syrian members of Al-Nusra and al-Turkistani have looted a large sugar factory Southeast of the town of Jisr Al-Shughour in Southeastern Idlib in a “last case of these plundering raids”.

The terrorists were pictured moving the factory’s equipment towards an unknown location, most likely to the Turkish border, where they will eventually sell the stolen material.

Both terrorist groups were responsible for looting the Zayzon Power Plant in rural Idlib last year, and they were seen moving the materials from that site to the Turkish border.

Similar reports in December said that the Al-Nusra started looting a number of historical artifacts from one of the most important museums of the country in Idlib city.

The sources said that the Al-Nusra transferred secretly the entire historical artifacts and precious collections from an important museum in Idlib city to an unknown location without informing the museum’s staff.

The sources said that a group of Al-Nusra terrorists from Hama province tried a week ago to enter the national museum but faced the guards, adding that the Al-Nusra group later called on opposition-affiliated Civil Department and took permission to enter the museum.

The council further dismissed the guards and appointed new guards for the museum, the sources added.

The museum- that is one of the most important museums in Syria, was built in 1987 and was home to a large number of valuable monuments and artifacts from several regions of the province whose antiquity date back to the third millennium BC up to Islamic era.