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Video showing Syrian rebel leader zip-lining in Turkey sparks outrage

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A recently released video of Syrian rebel leader Abu Hammam Bouwaidani that showed him zip-lining between heights in Turkey has sparked anger among the opposition in Syria.

Bouwaidani, the leader of Jaysh al-Islam, was seen in video published in the past few days entertaining himself by zip-lining, which requires holding on to a cable mounted to a slope, to slide from top to the bottom of an incline, pulled by gravity.

Abu Hammam was appointed as leader of The Islam Brigade in 2015, succeeding Zahran Alloush, the founder of the army, who was killed in a Russian airstrike.

Last April, Abu Hammam made a deal with the Russian Army that allowed him to leave along with members of his rebel group to areas in northern Syria that are under armed groups supported by Turkey. In return, he handed areas under the control of Jaysh al-Islam to the Syrian regime.

The recently released video sparked outrage among opposition members in Syria who had previously accused Abu Hammam of “selling” and “handing in” the Eastern Ghouta to the Syrian regime and its allies, Iran and Russia.

Commentators on the video wrote “Our people are dying of hunger in open camps in the cold” meanwhile Abu Hammam has some fun.