Unidentified gunmen kidnapped overnight Tuesday Sheikh Mahmoud Hassoun, brother of Syria’s grand mufti Badruddien Hassoun.
Mahmoud Hassoun was abducted during the Tarawih prayers in Osama bin Zaed mosque in Aleppo and was taken to unknown destination, according to local media.
The Syrian mufti, who was reportedly targeted due to his supportive stance to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, has recently suffered the loss of his son who was assassinated by armed groups in Aleppo.
A couple of days ago, another Imam, Abdul-Latif al-Shami, was kidnapped from a mosque in Aleppo and later found killed.
The recent incidents suggest that the crisis in Syria has veered toward a civil conflict. Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and commercial capital, has emerged as a battlefield between armed rebels and government forces.