“Do not blame Syrians”: Goto before his beheading by ISIS

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Kenji Goto talking to Syrian children. File photo

ARA News 

Istanbul, Turkey – On Sunday, Syrian activists published a video of the Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto –who was executed by the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) on Saturday– in which he delivered his testament before heading to the IS-held city of Raqqa, in northeastern Syria.

Goto addressed the public through a message in English, asking them not to blame the Syrian people if anything happened to him in the city of Raqqa.

“I will go to the city of Raqqa, the main IS stronghold in Syria, and I take full responsibility for what might happen to me there,” Goto said.

“I absolve the Syrian people of any blame and refuse to hold negative feelings towards them in case I am hurt,” he added, pointing out that the Syrian people have suffered many tragedies over the last three years.

He explained in the video that he intended to visit Raqqa to report what the IS group is doing in areas under its control.

The Islamic State group broadcasted on Sunday midnight a video of the execution of the Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto, after the passing of the deadline for his release in exchange for the Iraqi prisoner in Jordan, Sajida Rishawi.  

Reporting by: Mohammed al-Shami

Source: ARA News

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