Tension has renewed in al-Khusūs after the arbitrary arrest of Muslims and Christians as a scapegoat to end the crisis, threatening to renew an eruption of conditions if they are not released. A number of Muslims and Christians in the region have started collecting signatures for the acquittal of those arrested. Besides facing charges of murder and attempted murder, they face charges of thuggery, use of violence, possession of weapons without a license, disturbing public security, creating panic among citizens, defamation of religions, and igniting the strife (Hasan Sālih, al-Watan, Apr. 16, p. 8). Read original text in Arabic.