Tunisians slam ISIL militants’ crimes in Iraq, Syria
Protesters have taken to the streets in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, to denounce atrocities committed by the Takfiri ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria, Press TV reports.
The demonstrators, including families of youths who have joined the ISIL terrorists, expressed concern over the return of militants to Tunisia after committing acts of violence along with the ISIL Takfiris abroad.
“The ISIL is killing innocent people at cafes. I saw dead bodies … targeted by car bombs. Terrorists plant bombs everywhere to scare people. They blow up Muslim shrines and kill worshippers,” a protester told Press TV.
The demonstrators also blamed some local groups for recruiting terrorists for the ISIL.
“Some associations are as dangerous as the ISIL and other militant groups. They are sending Tunisian youth to Syria,” said Walid Zarrouk from Tunisia’s Republican Security Syndicate.
Earlier this year, Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou said around 400 Takfiri militants from Tunisia have returned to their homeland after fighting alongside the foreign-backed militants in Syria. The announcement sparked fears that the militants could trigger violence in the country.
“We have managed to prevent nearly 8,000 people from going to Syria,” he added.
Syria has been the scene of a deadly crisis since March 2011. Reports say more than 170,000 people have so far been killed and millions of others displaced because of the foreign-sponsored turmoil.
According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
The ISIL militancy has spilled over to Iraq where the Takfiri militants have overrun large swathes, committing acts of terror including killing and rape.
The terrorists took control of Mosul on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad.
Soldiers of the Iraqi army have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on different fronts and have so far been able to push back militants in several areas.