After yesterday's dramatic developments | Kanaker schools suspended until further notice • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
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After yesterday’s dramatic developments | Kanaker schools suspended until further notice

Rif Dimashq Province – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Reliable sources have informed SOHR that the directorate of Kanaker district in western Rif Dimashq issued a decision suspending educational services in the town’s schools over the growing tension and recent dramatic developments in the town, especially after a young man was shot dead by gunmen of the 4th Division. According to SOHR sources, the victim was a former opposition fighter during the factions’ control of the town, and he had attempted to struck a reconciliation deal with regime security services, but it was rejected.

 

On the other hand, tense calm is prevailing Kanaker town, amid very little civilian movement, while fear is growing among the residents over expected clashes between local gunmen and gunmen with settled-status on one hand, and regime forces stationed in the surrounding areas of the town on the other.

 

SOHR sources say that dignitaries of Kanaker and the “commission of reconciliations” have transmitted requests to meet with Russian officers in order to defuse the tension, but it is not known yet if these requested were approved or not.

 

Yesterday, SOHR sources confirmed that young people and residents, who had struck reconciliation deals with regime security services in Kanaker town in Rif Dimashq, attacked a checkpoint of the 4th Division at the town’s entrance with personal weapons.

 

On the other hand, regime forces brought in military reinforcement to the surrounding areas of Kanaker town in order to repel expected attacks by the town’s residents, after members of the 4th Division had shot dead a young man from the town in the evening.

 

SOHR sources reported that gunmen of the 4th Division opened machinegun fire on two young men from Kanaker town in Rif Dimashq, killing one.

 

Meanwhile, SOHR activists monitored growing security tension and deployment of gunmen in the town’s streets, along with hearing sound of sporadic gunfire.

 

On the other hand, regime checkpoints in the surrounding areas of Kanaker were seen being put on high alert, while traffic on the roads to the town was blocked and shops in the town were closed.