Al-Assad and Makhlouf rift | Intelligence service arrests nearly 200 regime officers, soldiers and ex-fighters in Makhlouf’s “military wing”
Reliable SOHR sources have confirmed that the large-scale campaign by regime’s intelligence service is still underway, targeting regime officers and soldiers, as well as employees and other individuals working for businesses and associations belonging to Rami Makhlouf, the cousin of Syrian regime president Bashar al-Assad.
SOHR activists have confirmed that 39 regime officers and soldiers were arrested in the past few days and weeks, along with the release of 15 others of those previously arrested . The regime’s intelligence service also arrested 22 former fighters in “Al-Bostan Association”.
According to SOHR statistics, regime security services have arrested at least 90 regime officers and soldiers since the start of the security campaign in mid-July, of whom eight has been released. These officers and soldiers were arrested for “dealing with foreign bodies and embezzling state funds”, 29 of whom has been released.
Accordingly, 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 has risen to nearly 107. They were arrested in Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Latakia and Tartus.