Developments herald a breakthrough in the case of the kidnapped Syrian child Fawaz Qetaifan
The family of the kidnapped Syrian child, Fawaz Qetaifan, whose heartbreaking video clip was published a few days ago by a gang kidnapped by him, was able to secure the required amount requested by the gang to return him to his relatives, provided that the delivery will take place "soon and perhaps at any time", according to a Syrian source who spoke with a number of platforms. media.
A young man, Abdul Basit Abu Safi, from Daraa governorate in southern Syria, said that the family was able to collect 400 million Syrian pounds (about $130,000), after negotiating with the kidnappers to reduce the amount from 700 million.
And a young woman, Tada Yasmine, who was contacted by Al-Hurra via Twitter, also confirmed the collection of the required amount.
Abu Safi said that Muhammad Qutaifan, the father of the child, was forced to sell his land and house for approximately 250 million pounds, and received donations from "people of good will" to secure the rest of the amount.
He referred to the "looting and swindling" campaigns to collect funds in the name of the child under the pretext of providing them to the refugees, warning against responding to any campaigns of this kind after the amount had already been secured.
Abu Safi indicates that the process of delivering the ransom and returning the child will be arranged "soon and perhaps at any time."
The case received great media attention in the past few days, and the hashtag "Save the Child Fawaz Qetaifan" spread on social media in several Arab countries, in order to work for his release, after a video clip of him spread, documenting his exposure to violence and torture at the hands of his kidnappers. .
In the video, the 6-year-old child is shown being severely beaten with what appears to be a leather belt, lying on a bed, naked except for his underwear, crying and begging his kidnappers to stop beating him, saying: "For (for) God not You hit me."
Abu Safi points to the spread of gangs that kidnap children and women in southern Syria to obtain money, although many families do not have money, such as the Fawaz family, who lives in a "simple house."
He points out that sometimes kidnappings are carried out in order to dissect the bodies of the kidnapped, and their organs are traded for huge sums of money.
He referred to the case of a 10-year-old girl named Salam al-Khalaf who was kidnapped upon her return to her primary school, two years ago, and her family has not found any trace of her so far.
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