Jabhat Al-Nusra Apologizes For Massacre In Druze Village, Says Its Commanders Were Unaware Of The Killing

June 14, 2015

In a June 13, 2015 communique, Jabhat Al-Nusra (JN) apologized for the June 10 killing of dozens of residents in the Druze village of Qalb Loze in Syria's Idlib region. The communique, posted inter alia on the Jihadi forum Al-Fida (al-fidaa.com), states that JN fighters carried out the killing without the knowledge of their commanders and in strict violation of the organization's directives.  It states further that JN is deeply sorry for the incident, and that, immediately after the events, several JN teams were sent to the village to investigate the matter in depth and to assure the villagers that JN wished them no harm and would provide them with security and protection in the future. The representatives promised the villagers that the perpetrators would be tried by a shari'a court and be punished according to the shari'a laws that JN enforces in the areas under its control.

The communique emphasizes that, since the start of the conflict in Syria, JN has directed its weapons only at those who attacked it or who killed Muslims without cause or harmed their honor, such as the Syrian army and the" Khawarij" (i.e., the Islamic State). Finally, it calls on all elements to verify facts before reporting them, and stresses that the incident was the result of an error that could have happened to anyone.

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