Reacting to kidnapping their son from al-Suwaidaa | Family of kidnapped young man kidnap civilian from Daraa
Al-Suwaidaa province: SOHR activists have reported that the exchange of kidnappings between armed men from Daraa and others from al-Suwaidaa in southern Syria is affecting the residents of the two provinces.
In this context, armed men, believed to belong to the family of a kidnapped engineer known by his initials as Y. A. from al-Suwaidaa, have kidnapped a civilian known by his initials as M. R. from Um Walad town in Daraa countryside, while he was returning from Syrian Capital Damascus with his wife and children. The kidnappers demanded the release of the engineer who was kidnapped a few days ago in return for releasing Daraa’s kidnapped civilian.
On October 6, SOHR activists reported that as the security situation is deteriorating throughout Syria, where unknown individuals kidnapped a lawyer who is also a member of the bar association in al-Suwaidaa on October 3. According to SOHR activists, the lawyer’s relatives received a picture of the lawyer sent by the kidnappers on whatsapp, as he was in a bad health condition. Meanwhile, the kidnappers asked for a ransom of an estimated 100,000 USD in return for releasing the lawyer.
These exchange kidnapping operations in both governorates come in light of the security chaos, where armed men of regime forces commit most of the crimes. In al-Suwaydaa province, while the leader of an armed group known initially as “R.M.” has announced his affiliation to the regime’s security bodies through posting on his Facebook page, while he was accused of committing several kidnappings and blackmailing of civilians to collect a ransom from their families, in order to create security chaos and a state of instability in al-Suwaidaa.