Kanaker | Regime officers meet with dignitaries and reconciliation commissions, and agree on pacification
Rif Dimashq Province – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: After the recent security tension in Kanaker town in western Rif Dimashq, and the regime’s military build up in preparation to storm it, reliable sources have informed SOHR that a meeting was held between regime officers and the reconciliation commission in Kanaker, which is used to mediating reconciliation deals between opposition fighters and the Syrian regime and which comprises representatives of the town’s gunmen.
The two sides have agreed on pacification, where the town will not be stormed militarily. However, they agreed on striking new reconciliation deals with all gunmen in the town on condition that these gunmen join regime forces, not to stay with their arms in the town. Moreover, the people who refuse to strike new reconciliation deals will be allowed to leave to northern Syria. According the new agreement, regime forces will enter Kanaker, be stationed in several posts in the town’s neighbourhoods, establish new checkpoints and storm several farms, searching for weapons.
On October 1, regime forces continued imposing their tight security siege on Kanaker town in western Ghouta. Meanwhile, working in bread bakeries were suspended, at a time when the town was suffering from shortage of food in its markets.
In this context, activists called for holding vigils, demanding the lifting of the siege imposed on the town for days.
SOHR activists also monitored residents participating in several vigils in Daraa’s mosques, expressing solidarity with Bosra Al-Sham and Kanaker and demanding the release of detainees held in regime prisons.
Similarly on September 29, reliable sources informed SOHR that regime forces and loyal militiamen imposed a full security siege on Kanaker town in western Ghouta, Rif Dimashq. The security services prevent people from leaving or entering the town since early morning, after they had allowed a category of civilians to travel between Kanaker and Damascus.
Moreover, regime forces put on high security alert, threatening to storm the town in, unless the suspicious and individuals who refused to struck new reconciliation deals were not handed over.
Meanwhile, concerns were growing among the town’s residents over committing massacres and arbitrary arrests during the raid.
A day earlier, SOHR sources reported that regime security services continued holding in their prison the three women from Kanaker, in western Ghouta in Rif Dimashq, for nearly 20 days. Meanwhile, regime security services were imposing their tight security siege on Kanaker town, preventing civilians from traveling between the town and Damascus, with the exception of school and university students and some residents.
Reliable SOHR sources in Kanaker town confirmed that the town’s dignitaries and a prominent figures, used to mediating reconciliation deals between opposition fighters and regime security services, were seeking to defuse the tension. However, the town’s gunmen, whose number approximates 200 fighters and who had settled their security situation, refused to struck new reconciliation deals unless their demands were met and the three women and all Kanaker’s detainees arrested in the past years were released.
Meanwhile, tension was growing in the town, as the regime security services were still holding the women and keep sending threats to the local gunmen to storm the town militarily and arrest all suspicious and those individuals who refused to struck new reconciliation deals.