Tension in Zakyah town after the death and injury of 5 of the regime forces by gunfire of a young man in the town
Rif Dimashq Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was informed by reliable sources that a young man from Zakyah town southwest of Damascus, opened fire at a patrol of the criminal security branch while they were trying the arrest his father in Zakyah town, where the shooting killed lieutenant of the regime forces and another member, as well as injuring at least 3 other members, then the young man fled and hide with his father, the sources told the Syrian Observatory that following the incident; the regime forces sent reinforcements to the town and intensified the checkpoints, and threated people of the town that in case they were covering up on the young man who opened fire on the patrol; they will launch a campaign a raid operation against all houses in the town to search for them, while the tension continues in the town, also negotiations are taking place between the “reconciliation” commission and the regime forces to hand over the young man and his father, in exchange for not carrying out a raid operation by the regime forces, and withdrawing their military checkpoints from the town.
The Syrian Observatory published hours ago that regime’s security intelligence continue their raid and arrest operation in the Eastern Ghouta, where the Syrian Observatory learned from several reliable sources that the security services of regime’s intelligence arrested 7 women of who work in the field of “Islamic Dawa” (calling to Islam, like preachers do) in Douma city northeast of Damascus, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: the arrests took place in different times over the past few days and weeks, where prosecuting the females preachers was not confined to arresting them, but extended to become an extortion process for some of them, where intersected sources confirmed that one of the released female preachers of the seven arrested females, was arrested at “al-Khatib branch” in the capital Damascus, and she was investigated about her preaching-related activities in giving lessons about the Islamic religion, and her relationship with the military factions which used to exist in the Eastern Ghouta, the sources added that officers in the branch asked her to pay an amount of money to close her file in the branch and not to call her again for investigation, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 21st of April 2019, that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from intersected sources that the intelligence services of the regime forces, carried out raids and arrested people in al-Tal city north of the capital Damascus, where the branch of the Air Force Intelligence raided specific houses in the city during the last few days, and arrested a citizen and his wife, in addition to 3 other youths from the city, and they were taken to an unknown destination until the moment, and no information about the reasons for the arrest until now, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 19th of April 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from several reliable sources, that the intelligence services of the regime forces carried out this week massive raids and arrested tens of people in “al-Dumayr” city northeast of the capital Damascus, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory, the military security branch raided tens of houses and arrested about 40 youths of who “defected from the regime forces” previously and subsequently carried out settlements and reconciliations in the past years, and they were taken to an unknown destination until the moment, the sources added to the Syrian Observatory that the military security did not notify the detainees in advance in order to join the ranks of the “Army of the Homeland”, and in the same context, members of one of the military checkpoints of the regime forces in the area between al-Dumayr city and the capital Damascus arrested in the past week 3 citizen women of al-Dumayr; as they tried to go towards the capital Damascus on charges of “their husbands belong to the Islamic State”.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 16th of April 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from reliable sources from Douma city, that the “branch of Ba’ath Party” inside the city, has sent a statement to the preachers of the mosques and the sheikhs of the city, to inform the citizens who live in Douma, of those who have relatives who have been displaces to the Syrian North during the agreement that was carried out in April 2018, and who want to return to Douma, to list their names to the reconciliation committees in the city, and the statement that was issued by “Ba’ath Party” and of which the Syrian Observatory received a copy, specified 3 main posts to register the names of those who want to return, and the sources added to the Syrian Observatory that the preachers of the mosques propagandized this statement last Friday the 12th of April 2019, calling upon the residents who want to register the names of their relatives to head to the posts that are affiliated to “Ba’ath Party and the reconciliation committees”, and the reconciliation committees pledged to the citizens in Douma, and who want to register the names of their sons and relatives, that they will be allowed to enter Douma city at once according to the security settlement, while the young men who were born in 1982 and over, will be driven immediately -if they are wanted- to compulsory and reserve service in the ranks of the regime’s army, where the names of those who want to return will be referred to the National Security Agency which will take the task of approving the displaced people’s requests, and of rejecting those who engaged in military actions against the regime forces, and in the same context, the activists of the Syrian Observatory in the city did not spot any civilians heading to any of the 3 specified posts to register the names of those who want to return although several days passed after they were opened and declared the receiving of requests.
And the Syrian Observatory published on the 12th of April 2019, that regime’s authorities issued new lists of names; for precautionary-seizing movable and immovable property of hundreds of people, of the activists of the peaceful revolutionary movement and of those who fought against the regime forces in the Eastern Ghouta, perhaps most notably of whom is the commander of Jaysh al-Islam (Essam al-Buwaydhani), and all members of his family in the Eastern Ghouta, and the Syrian Observatory obtained information that this seizing affected several members of local councils, their wives, media activists, some workers in relief and medical sectors, and others people who are detained in regime’s prisons. This precautionary-seizing prevents the people from being entitled to dispose of their movable and immovable property, or to dispose of contracts of sale or purchase completely until the end of the dispute or judicial proceedings against them, however, due to the fact that the people whose property and money have been precautionary-seized, and that most of them are oppositionists and outside of control of the regime forces; the precautionary-seize turns from precautionary to almost final, because they will not be able to follow the cases filed against them, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 8th of April 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was informed by reliable sources that authorities of the Syrian regime have issued a decision to execute several children in the Eastern Ghouta, who have been detained for years, who had a big involvement in the opposition movement against the regime in the area, and the sources confirmed that the reconciliation committee in Harasta city in the Eastern Ghouta informed 5 families in the city of the death sentence for their children in March 2019, but without giving them any additional information wither the decision was carried out or about the fate of bodies of their children after the execution, it worth mentioning that the reconciliation committee in the city worked to move the file of people detained by the regime forces to release them, of who were arrested between 2011 and 2012, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 4th of April 2019 that violations and abusive practices continue to be committed by the regime forces and their security services in the Eastern Ghouta, despite the lie of “reconciliation” it witnessed, where mentioned area of the great human reservoir its property has become violated, the security branches are racing to fill their tanks of citizens’ funds and possessions, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was informed by reliable sources that the intelligence of the regime forces carried out in the past few weeks raid operations and systematic arrests in towns and cities of the Eastern Ghouta, where the raids and arrests were concentrated on homes of civilian and relief personalities who sued to work in service and administrative institutions and other institutions that opposed to the regime, and reliable sources confirmed that the Air Intelligence of the regime forces summoned former people of opinion and some of other people of known families in the Eastern Ghouta in addition to detainees during their raids, and they intimidated them by claiming that there were security reports against them, and blackmailed them to pay large amounts which reached about 12000 USD per person in order to destroy the security report by the head of the branch.
And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 2nd of April 2019 that residents and people in the areas which witnessed “reconciliations and settlements”, are still paying the price of not accepting to be displaced and move to the Syrian north, where the harassment and abuse continue to be carried out against them by regime’s intelligence and security services, such as arrests and abuses against them all over the areas that witnessed reconciliations of Ghouta, Qalamoun, the Syrian south, and central Syria, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored that the Air Intelligence in the Eastern Qalamoun area, arrested a whole family consists of a mother and her 4 daughters on charges of “making a phone call to Idlib”, and sources informed the Syrian Observatory that regime’s intelligence has lists of names on their checkpoints for anyone who makes “communications with the Syrian north,” in particular, the citizen women, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 1st of April 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was informed by reliable sources that the National Security Agency responsible for settlements of the regime forces, prevented about 150 people from the towns of Ein Khadra, Ain al-Fijah, and Bsima in Wadi Barada in Rif Dimashq; from returning to their home although they have made previous settlements, and most of them have volunteered in the forces of the 4th Division and the Republican Guards, where the sources confirmed that elders of Wadi Barada and the officials of the settlement and reconciliation have notified the aforementioned people with the decision of prevention, and that they need to check with the security branches in the capital, because there are different cases against them, and in the same context, intersected sources confirmed that the military checkpoints of the regime forces around these towns did not allow their families to return and inspect their homes; except with security approval issued by the notorious Branch of Filastin, and after obtaining the security clearance -if it was ever granted- they are allowed to visit their houses for a period of no more than 5 hours, and they are not allowed to move between neighborhoods at the time of the visit, it worth mentioning that the area was controlled by the regime forces in late January 2017 after violent clashes ended by the regime forces controlling them and displacing those who refused to stay in it and settle their situations.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 29th of March 2019 that “Damascus is our dream” a word that is told to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on a daily basis from residents in the Eastern Ghouta, who carried out reconciliation and settlements during regime’s control of it about a year ago, where going to Damascus has become a dream for many people , and the reason is restricting the movement of citizens with security approvals which are given after a lot of suffering, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, whose checkpoints are scattered in the vicinity of the Eastern Ghouta and short distance separates them from Damascus, these checkpoints deprive thousands of citizens who live there from going to the capital, they also prevent hundreds of people in Damascus from returning to their homes in Ghouta, where the regime forces imposed security approvals in order to move between both sides, and these security approvals are issued by the Internal security branch “Khatib “, which directly follows the General Intelligence Division, where the citizens are suffering to obtain the approvals, like the daily gathering in front of al-Khatib branch for residents of Damascus; and in front of the outposts of cities of the Eastern Ghouta, waiting to apply for and approval for movement, where the Syrian Observatory learned that only about 200 approvals are issued for those wishing to move between both sides, and that happens after paying bribes in the outposts, not to mention the royalties paid on the checkpoints during moving from the Eastern Ghouta towards Damascus, where the checkpoints -especially in the vicinity of Douma next to al-Assad suburb- are doing intense scrutiny, blackmail the citizens, and threaten young people with arrest if they do not pay at least 15000 Syrian pounds, where the regime forces and their security branches are trying to prevent people from moving from the Eastern Ghouta towards the capital, claiming that it is to “maintain its security and to clamp down more on them.”
The Syrian Observatory published on the 20th of March 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from intersected sources that the regime forces arrested on one of their checkpoints on the outskirts of the capital; a number of women and children as they were heading towards the Syrian north, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them who are positioned in a checkpoint on outskirts Damascus arrested about 20 women and several children with them, while they were heading towards al-Bab city in the northern countryside of Aleppo, to go to their families and their displaced husbands, and took them to the Syrian intelligence branch in al-Khatib in the capital, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 16th of March 2019 that reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that the Russian police with the regime forces began a new operation in several areas of the Eastern Ghouta, the aim of which is to search for weapons buried in the area by the factions, before their departure under an agreement to the Syrian north, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: the Russian police and the regime forces started through drilling workshops, equipment, and sophisticated devices to search for buried weapons in Jesrin agricultural land of al-Mohammedia town at the entrance of the middle sector from the southern side of Eastern Ghouta, and the areas of al-Nashabiyah, Marj al-Sultan, and al-Aftries within al-Marj sector in the Ghouta, with the help of former faction fighters who carried out “reconciliation and settlement”, where the searches have been taking place for several days on a daily basis, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 12th of March 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights received information that the regime forces carried out yesterday a massive raid and arrest operation in several areas in the Eastern Ghouta, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: a column of tens of vehicles with a lot of members of the regime forces entered the towns of Saqba and KafrBatna in the Eastern Ghouta, where they closed some roads in both towns and carried out a large-scale raids operation and arrested 9 people, and they were taken to an unknown destination, and no information about the reasons of the arrest until now, and the Syrian Observatory published yesterday that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the other face of the chaos in regime forces’-controlled areas, where the Syrian Observatory learned from intersected sources from Douma city in the Eastern Ghouta, that checkpoints the Air Force Intelligence and the regime forces which are deployed in the city and its surroundings, are conducting thefts and systematic looting in homes and warehouses in Douma, whose families have been displaced to the Syrian north, and intersected sources confirmed that the checkpoints at midnight of every day are firing sporadically at the neighborhood which will be stolen, where the members steal shops, cars, and houses, despite the people seeing these thefts, but the security situation of the residents and their settlements and reconciliation force them to remain silent in this situation, fearing arrest by those to who they will complain, and after stealing the property these members sell them in markets of other areas in the vicinity of the capital, while the Syrian Observatory published on the 3rd of March 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the regime’s intelligence arrested in the past few days and in batches, 18 persons of those who were former members of the “Civil Defense” during the factions’ control over the Eastern Ghouta, where the 18 persons were arrested by the Air Force Intelligence in Saqba, Harasta and Zamalka in the Eastern Ghouta, without information about the reasons for these arrests, although they chose the settlements and reconciliations after the regime forces imposed their control over the area, and the Syrian Observatory published yesterday, Saturday, that like all the areas that the regime forces re-controlled by military operations with the support of their allies or through “reconciliations and settlements”; the cities, towns, and villages of the northern countryside of Homs are witnessing security operations by regime’s intelligence and security branches, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored in the past few days an increase in the security operations in most of the northern countryside of Homs, in which “reconciliations and settlements” took place, after which tens of people were arrested, and the largest number of arrest took place in al-Rastan city, also the Syrian Observatory documented that regime’s intelligence arrested more than 60 person mid Last week, most of them were in al-Rastan city and most of them were under the age of eighteen, and these arrests were accompanied by the spread of paper clippings in al-Rastan at al-Omari mosque, some of them read: “The Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham, al-Maghawir forces, Abu Bakr al Siddiq Regiment.. behind the enemy lines”, and the Syrian Observatory published yesterday that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the security branches continue their operations in the Eastern Ghouta, where regime’s intelligence carried out raids and arrested people in Kafr Batna town, after which they arrested at least 12 people including former fighters of factions who carried out “reconciliation and settlements”, and other people who used to work in the relief during the faction’s control of the Eastern Ghouta, but no information at the moment about the reasons for the arrest, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 20th of February 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored during the past few days a massive fortification by the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them for their checkpoints in the Eastern Ghouta with dirt barricades and concrete blocks, reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the checkpoints in the Eastern Ghouta and its surroundings, especially those located in the area between the capital and Eastern Ghouta had witnessed last week double fortification with dirt barricades and concrete blocks, after changing the checkpoint, where the regime forces replaced members of the “Republican Guards” with members from the branches of Air Intelligence and Military Security, to conduct more scrutiny inspections on the people who are getting out and entering the area, also -as local sources said- to tighten the security grip on the area especially with the bad reputation of both branches among the citizens, and their treatment, arrests, and torture
Where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 17th of February 2019 that a young man from Harasta city, was killed under torture inside the security detention centers of the regime forces after he was arrested at one of the checkpoints at the outskirts of the capital Damascus before 15 days, it is noteworthy that the young man had carried out a “reconciliation and a settlement” in Harasta city in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, during the return of the regime’s control over the area there, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 14th of February 2019, that the regime forces killed a 17-year-old boy as he was passing a checkpoint west of Rif Dimashq, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: the regime forces who are positioned in Mamlouk checkpoint on the outskirts of Zakyah town west of Rif Dimashq; opened fire directly at a young man as he was passing in a car near the checkpoint, where the sources confirmed that the car could not stop on the checkpoint so the checkpoint’s members shoot the car, killing a young man in the car, which sparked tension and discontent among the people because of these continuous behaviors that lead to casualties every time, while this tension among members of the regime forces comes after continuous operations in Daraa countryside and Rif Dimashq of writings on the walls, attacking checkpoints by unknown gunmen, and tearing pictures of the Syrian regime’s head, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 6th of February 2019 that the Syrian Observatory monitored in the recent days tearing the image of Syrian regime President, Bashar al-Assad in the square of Qudsaya area on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, accompanied by writing phrases against the Syrian regime on walls in the town, like: “the people want to overthrow the regime, Leave, Freedom Forever,” “followed by continues tension in the town searching for the perpetrators to detain them, also the phrases were removed from the walls on which they were written, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 22nd of December 2018 that several local sources in the south of Rif Dimashq confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that Yalda town -which witnessed the displacement of its fighters and residents who rejected the agreement of the “Reconciliation with the regime”- has been witnessing tension for about 48 hours, accompanied with security tightening in the town, where several locals confirmed that unknown gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a security detachment of the regime forces on Yalda town south of Rif Dimashq, but no information about casualties, this was followed by closing the streets leading to the security detachment using concrete checkpoints by the regime forces, where this comes days of unknown people tore the picture of the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad, which was hanging on the health center in the town, followed by arrests and raids in the town searching for the perpetrators.