Tunisia´s Jasmine Revolution Fighters Arrive in Syria (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 05/16/12)
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It´s a year and five months after Tunisia´s Jasmine Revolution
launched the region-wide Arab Spring uprisings that overturned four
governments and now threaten to topple the regime of Syria´s
President Bashar al-Assad.
At least five Tunisians have been killed this month in the
revolution – the Syrian revolution, that is. A sixth may also be dead.
All are from the southeastern Tunisian town of Ben Guerdane, along
the border with Libya, and the families of five have already received
anonymous phone calls about their sons, confirming their deaths.
A video eulogizing the men with a music bed of Qu´ranic verses was
posted on Facebook, stating the “martyrs” were killed in Homs. The
black flag of the Al Qaeda terrorist organization was seen on the
video as well.
But the bodies were not returned to the families, and no other proof
of their deaths was provided. Their families said that all were
devout Sunni Muslims, and at least two were jailed for links to
According to a Syrian envoy to the United Nations, 26 “Arab fighters”
were arrested and “confessed” to Al Qaeda sympathies, Reuters
reported. Of those, another envoy to the U.N. said 19 were from
A security source in Ben Guerdane confirmed to the news agency “There
are some youths who are going to Syria via Ben Guerdane. They are
religious... What we know is that more than 10 left from here.”
Relatives of the five who were killed in Homs defended the right of
their sons to die in holy martyrdom.
But one, Mokhtar Mars, pointed out to Reuters that dying for the
cause in Homs may not be the same as jihad elsewhere: “If there was a
real jihad, don´t imagine a single Muslim would not go -- if it was a
jihad against Israel. But in Syria, you may have to fight other
Muslims.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/16/12)
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