المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After 20 days of detention | Regime forces release women of Kanaker and lift the siege

Reliable SOHR sources have confirmed that regime forces released the women who were arrested in Kanaker on September 19, after the recent security tension in the town, including the imposition of a tight siege and demonstrations.

New reconciliation deals have been agreed on by regime security services and the gunmen of the town, with the exception of “gunmen involved in the Damascus explosions”, as the Syrian regime says, since these gunmen and other people who refuse to strike new reconciliation deals will be allowed later to leave to northern Syria region.

Moreover, regime forces have lifted the siege imposed previously on the town, allowing people to travel in and out of the town.

On October 3, reliable sources informed SOHR that after the recent security tension in Kanaker town in western Rif Dimashq, and the regime’s military build-up in preparation to storm the town, a meeting was held between regime officers and the reconciliation commission in Kanaker, which is comprising representatives of the town’s gunmen and tasked with mediating reconciliation deals between opposition fighters and the Syrian regime. 

The two sides have agreed on pacification, where the town would not be stormed militarily. However, they also agreed on striking new reconciliation deals with all gunmen in the town on the condition that these gunmen join regime forces, not to stay with their arms in the town. Moreover, the people who refused to agree reconciliation deals would be allowed to leave to northern Syria. According to the new agreement, regime forces would enter Kanaker, be stationed in several posts in the town’s neighbourhoods, and establish new checkpoints and storm several farms, searching for weapons.

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