Reef Dimashq province: SOHR activists have documented since the beginning of June 2021 regime forces’ release of 142 persons who were from Reef Dimashq. According to the Syrian regime the released were freed on five batches, and they haven’t involved in blood crimes, and all of them had been arrested after the regime forces and it allies have controlled eastern al-Ghoutah in March, 2018.
It is worth noting that most of the freed persons had been arrested in criminal cases, while the opinion prisoners have been still remained in the regime forces prisoners. Last month, areas in eastern al-Ghoutah have seen wide popular rage after the regime promised to release the opinion prisoners while kept his lies and manipulation.
On the other hand, 142 of the released persons are belonging to the following areas, Duma, kafrbatna, Jasreen, Saqia, Arbeen, Haza, Zamalka, Ain terma, Deir al-Asafeer and other areas in eastern al-Ghoutah, al-Dameer, Adra al-Balad and Qalamoun in Reef Dimashq. SOHR has categorized release of the prisoners on five batches as follows:
On July 3, SOHR sources reported that regime security services have release 23 detainees, mostly from Douma city in Reef Dimashq, who have not involved in murders, as security services describe.
On June 26, SOHR activists reported that regime security services released 34 detainees, mostly from Rif Dimashq, who did not involve in murders, as security services describe.
The detainees released on that day were from al-Dumayr, Adra al-Balad, Deir al-Asafeer and Qalamoun in Rif Dimashq. This was the fourth batch of detainees to be released by regime forces after they promised the residents of releasing more batches. It is worth noting that spiritual figures of reconciliation deals, most prominent of whom is Sheikh Dafda’, attended the release of the detainees.
While on June 19, Observatory sources reported that hundreds of civilians gathered in the main courtyard of Kafr Batna town in Rif Dimashq, waiting to welcome their sons whom the security services promised to release.
On June 12, SOHR activists in eastern Ghouta confirmed that a new batch of detainees of nearly 28 people from Arbin city has been released from regime prisons, as the recently-released detainees have arrived in the city’s main square in presence of locals, regime officers and officials of al-Baath Party in eastern Ghouta. According to SOHR sources, a regime officer has told the locals that all the released detainees have not been involved in murders and that more detainees from eastern Ghouta would be released soon under an amnesty issued by the Syrian regime’s president Bashar al-Assad.
On the other hand, Arbin city experienced large crowds of men and women from different areas of eastern Ghouta this morning, who came to check if the released batch included their sons who had been arrested by regime forces years ago and their fate remained unknown, amid growing popular anger over the low number of the released detainees.
On June 5, SOHR sources reported that regime security services released 14 detainees, including two women, from Douma city in Reef Dimashq under an amnesty issued by the Syrian regime president’s Bashar al-Assad. According to SOHR sources, regime forces announced, via mosques’ loudspeakers, that a group of detainees from Douma city would be released. This development comes after less than two weeks after Bashar al-Assad had visited Douma city where he cast his vote during the “farcical show” of the presidential election.
SOHR sources reported seeing hundreds of residents gathering in the streets of Douma city, in presence of the city’s dignitaries and representatives of al-Baath Party in eastern Ghouta, as a part of preparations for welcoming a new batch of detainees held in regime prisons, supposed to be released in hours under an amnesty issued by Bashar al-Assad.