BEIRUT: A prominent female civilian activist has been forced to leave Syria because of threats to her life by hard-line jihadists, according to Arabiya television.
Souad Nawfal, a resident of the city of Raqqa, became known in opposition circles for her one-woman sit-ins and protest activities against the behavior of ISIS militants in the city.
She told the station from a location in Turkey she refused to disclose that the jihadists were guilty of oppressive acts that resembled those of the regime of President Bashar Assad.
She said that the Italian priest Father Paolo dall’Oglio, believed to have been kidnapped by ISIS earlier this year, was her house guest shortly before leaving to meet with militants from the group.
“If we remain silent about ISIS’ actions, they’ll rule us for 400 years, not 40,” she said.