Regime crackdown | Intelligence service arrests over 135 regime officers, soldiers and ex-fighters in Makhlouf’s “military wing”
The large-scale security campaign by regime’s intelligence service is still underway. The campaign has been launched with the sole purpose of arresting several regime officers and soldiers, as well as employees working for Rami Makhlouf, the cousin of Syrian regime president, Bashar al-Assad.
SOHR activists have confirmed that 12 regime officers and soldiers were arrested, along with the release of eight others of those who had been arrested in the past few days and weeks.
According to SOHR statistics, regime security services have arrested at least 51 regime officers and soldiers since the start of the security campaign in mid-July, of whom eight have been released. These officers and soldiers were arrested for “dealing with foreign bodies and embezzling state funds”.
On the other hand, reliable sources have informed SOHR that regime intelligence arrested nine ex-fighters of “Al-Bostan Association”, bringing the number of managers, employees, technicians and ex-fighters in businesses and associations belonging to Rami Makhlouf, who have been arrested since the start of the recent security campaign in late April 2020 to nearly 85. They were arrested in Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Latakia and Tartus.