Three Saudi Arabian sisters traveling with seven children were detained in Lebanon on their way to Syria, allegedly to join the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) jihadist group, local media reported Friday, citing the security spokesperson of the Saudi Interior Ministry, reports Sputnik International.
Following a report from a citizen stating that his wife and her three children, accompanied by two of her sisters and four of their children, left Saudi Arabia for Lebanon with the intention of traveling further to Syria to join Daesh, the group was intercepted by the local authorities on the strength of the Saudi tip and sent back to Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Daesh is a Sunni militant group, which is outlawed in Russia and many other counties. The militants currently control large areas of Syria and Iraq, and also have regional affiliates in the Middle East and North Africa. The group is notorious for its brutality and many human rights violations, as well as for recruiting militants, commonly young people, from all over the world via social networks.