المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Children kidnappings | Unknown gunmen kidnap little girl in full view of people in eastern Ghouta

Reliable SOHR sources have confirmed that a 15-year-old girl was kidnapped in Saqba city in eastern Ghouta in Rif Dimashq.

 

According to SOHR sources, the girl was wandering with her mother about the city’s streets, when unknown gunmen travelling in a “van” came and kidnapped the girl in the presence of her mother and residents. However, no one could stop the kidnappers who took the girl to unknown destination.

 

On July 3, reliable SOHR sources in Damascus confirmed that the incidents of kidnapping children by unknown individuals became an increasingly pressing concern for civilians in Syria’s capital, Damascus.

 

As such incidents recently escalated, SOHR activists said that kidnappings took place in the previous week in “Al-Thalath Anzat” park (the Three Goats park) and “Al-Thurayya” park in Al-Maydan neighborhood, the major park and “Jame’ Al-Ansari” park in Al-Zahra neighbourhood, Nirmin park in Al-Muhajireen neighbourhood, and “Tanzim Kafr Susah” park.

 

The kidnapped children aged less than ten, which spread broad fear among the residents for the fate of their children, specially since there were no contact between the kidnappers and relatives of the kidnapped children.

 

Accordingly, the relatives of kidnapped children suffered from breakdowns, as its common, in such incidents, that the kidnapper calls the family of the kidnapped child trying to extort them and force them pay money in return for releasing the kidnapped.

 

Meanwhile, concerns have grown over the possibility that “organ trade” to be the reason behind these kidnappings, especially with the deteriorating security chaos throughout regime-controlled areas, and the deployment of ally armed militias (some backed by Russia and others backed by Iran and regime forces). Such militias are completely out of control of regime forces.

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