Kidnapped 20 days | Member of Lawyer Syndicate in al-Suwidaa released for 50,000 US dollars • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Kidnapped 20 days | Member of Lawyer Syndicate in al-Suwidaa released for 50,000 US dollars

Al-Suwidaa province: Over the security chaos the prevail Syria, an armed gang has released member of the lawyers Syndicate in all-Suwidaa province after twenty days of kidnapping for 50,000 USD that has been paid by his relatives.

The lawyer was kidnapped by the gang on October and his photos and videos clips of physical and phycological torture have been sent to his relative to pay 150,000 USD. After negotiations between both sides, the ransom has been reduced to 50,000 USD.

On the other hand, dignitaries of Daraa and al-Suwidaa province have managed to free a civilian from Orei twon in al-Suwidaa countryside from the hands of his kidnapers after the young man family has identified the place of detention in Daraa province.

On Oct. 19, SOHR sources reported that a young man from Kanaker village in the south-west of al-Suwaidaa sustained serious wounds, after being shot by unknown gunmen near the village a day before. The young man resisted the gunmen who were attempting to kidnap him, so the gunmen shot him, and then they dumped him near the national hospital in al-Suwaidaa city.

After this incident, other gunmen stormed a farm on the road to Kanaker, arresting the farm’s guard and another young man who was heading to his work in the “project of vegetables” near Kanaker. Meanwhile, the residents have accused a family in the area of involving in the recent kidnappings as a reaction to the kidnapping of one of its sons on October 9, while he was on his land in Ara town in the south of al-Suwaidaa, after hijacking his car.

It is worth noting that al-Suwaidaa province experienced repeated kidnappings, mostly were carried out for collecting ransoms or over retaliations.

On October 15, SOHR activists reported that the exchange of kidnappings between armed men from Daraa and others from al-Suwaidaa in southern Syria was 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 earlier in return for releasing Daraa’s kidnapped civilian.

While on October 9, SOHR sources reported that unknown gunmen on a motorcycle kidnapped a civilian from Arra town in the western countryside of al-Suwaidaa, while he was in his farmland in the west of the town. The kidnappers also seized the civilian’s car.

On the other hand, unknown gunmen attacked civilians’ houses in al-Qurayya town in al-Suwaidaa countryside with machineguns and grenades, before the town’s residents launched a combing campaign on the outskirts of the town. However, the identities of the attackers remained unknown.

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