By John Smith • 24 June 2020 • 16:39
Scene from the demonstration
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A BRITISH aid worker, Tauqir Sharif who has been living in Syria for many years and was apparently once a friend of Boris Johnson has been kidnapped from the family home in Idlib Province according to his wife Racquell Hayden Best.
Although the pair of them have been helping those in need in the war-torn country since 2013, he has been accused by the British Government of being “aligned with an al-Qaida-aligned group” according to the The Guardian newspaper and he was stripped of his British citizenship in 2017, making him stateless.
There was a demonstration in the town of Atmeh (which included a number of widows who are supported by his organisation) calling on the local Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) which rules the area to arrange his release.
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