Syrian journalist Kenan Wakkaf emphasised that security forces stormed his house in an attempt to arrest him, terrifying his wife and children.
Wakkaf shared a video on his Facebook account, saying “I am outside my house recording this video, after my wife called me and informed me that a large armed security force came to arrest me from the house, as if they had come to arrest an ISIS member, not a journalist or citizen,” adding “They terrified my wife and children.”
He continued, “I’m recording this video after receiving many threats. I only wish that my children will be looked after. This is my testament.”
Wakkaf was previously arrested in March 2021 by the Syrian authorities, for sharing a post on Facebook, in which he spoke about the kidnapping carried out by the son of Ghassan Khalil, the governor of Hasaka and be revealed that the kidnapper belongs to the regime and is named Jafar Hassan.
On February 4, 2022, Wakkaf shared another post criticising Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s reception of actress Sulaf Fawakherji and her husband, film director Wael Ramadan, at a time when Syrians are suffering from a severe economic crisis and difficult living conditions.
It is noteworthy that a civil war has been taking place in Syria since March 18, 2011, after the Syrian regime launched a massive crackdown on protests condemning human rights violations in the country.