Ahrar ash-Sham Leader Slams UAE Over Abdouly Family Arrests

Children of Emirati Colonel Mohammed Abdouly detained after raid on their family home in the Emirate of Fujairah last Thursday

Ahrar ash-Sham Islamic Movement commander Muhannad al-Masri has criticized United Arab Emirates authorities for detaining the children of the late Emirati Colonel Mohammed Abdouly, who served as a military commander of the Movement before his death in early 2013.

"Those who respect their honest citizens should honor them and be proud of them, not humiliate their sacrifices through insulting their children or hiding them," Masri said in a tweet on Sunday, November 22, calling for Abdouly's family to come and live in Syria.

The Emirati opposition Umma Islamic Party issued a statement on Sunday, saying Abu Dhabi authorities arrested Abdouly's family, namely Musab Abdouly, who was dismissed from the army due to security reasons, in addition to his two sisters.

"Security officers in civilian clothes surrounded and stormed the family home in Taybeh village in the Emirate of Fujairah at 11:00 pm, then inspected the house without legal permission or warrant", the statement said, adding the officers then took the three family members to an unknown location on Thursday, November 19.

Colonel Abdouly participated in several major battles in Syria, notably the Taftanaz Military Airport offensive, and was later killed in the Battle of Raqqa in early 2013.

The UAE has designated the Ahrar ash-Sham Islamic Movement a terrorist organization, as well as 83 factions and organizations and institutions, as part of a strict policy pursued by Abu Dhabi towards most popular Islamic movements, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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