Syrian official kidnapped near Raqqa



ARA News

Raqqa, Syria– The General Director of Syrian Waterworks in Raqqa province was kidnapped by an anonymous armed group on Friday. 

Mohammad Salih al-Kordi was on his way from Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor city, east of Syria, when a number of armed militants kidnapped him, activists in the area reported. 

Media sources in Raqqa city told ARA News that al-Kordi was expected to deliver workers’ wages in Deir ez-Zor on Friday. “But he was kidnapped by armed militants while on his way heading to the city of Deiz ez-Zor,” the sources said.

According to the media sources in Raqqa, no news yet about the destiny of al-Kordi, as no group claimed responsibility for the operation. 

Observers suspect that the al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ISIL “stands behind the kidnapping of al-Kordi”, basing the accusation to the fact that the ISIL is the main power in the areas (Raqqa and the road leading from the city to Deir ez-Zor). Others blamed the regime forces for the incident. 

In other developments, the Turkish authorities reopened the border crossing with Syria north of Tel Abyad city in the countryside of Raqqa, locals told ARA News.  Many Syrians returned from Turkey to the area after signing documents issued by the Turkish authorities stating they will not re-enter the Turkish territories. 


Reporting by: Hana Muslim

Source: ARA News


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