New horrific crime | Man kills his father-in-law and burns his body in Al-Mayadeen • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

New horrific crime | Man kills his father-in-law and burns his body in Al-Mayadeen

SOHR documents 14 murders, mostly of women and children, in regime-controlled areas since early 2022

Syrian Observatory activists have documented a new crime in areas under the control of regime forces and Iranian-backed militias, as a man was killed by his son-in-law in Al-Mayadeen city in eastern Deir Ezzor.


According to SOHR sources, the victim had gone missing for a while, where his family informed security services about his disappearance. Residents later informed about a completely burnt body they found in a deserted house in Al-Mayadeen city. During investigations, the husband of the victim’s daughter confessed that he killed the man by hitting his head with a large rock, before he burnt down the body and hid it in that house. The murderer also admitted that the victim’s wife was the one abetted the killing of her husband because he used to abuse her and her sons, as the murderer described. The murderer also confessed that he stole 600,000 SYL and share the money with the victim’s wife.


Accordingly, SOHR sources have documented 14 murders since early 2022, where domestic violence was behind some murders while motivations behind the others remained unknown. These murders left 14 people dead: four children under the age of eighteen, four women over the age of eighteen and six men. The fatalities are distributed regionally as follows:


  • A young lady in Damascus.


  • A little girl and a young man in Rif Dimashq.


  • A man and two women in Tartus.


  • A baby and two young men in Hama.


  • A young woman, a little girl, a baby and a young man in Al-Suwaidaa.


  • A man in Deir Ezzor.


SOHR would like to point out that the rate of murders committed under diverse reasons and motivations, including retaliation and domestic violence, in regime-controlled areas has been alarmingly increased, and this indicates that more murders are expected to be committed in light of the security vacuum and chaos in these areas.


We, at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), renew our appeals to the international community to intensify their efforts to reach a political settlement which could potentially put an end to the Syrian conflict and the suffering of Syrian people who have been grappling with chronic crises, including sever security vacuum throughout Syria, during Syria’s protracted war which has been raging for nearly 11 years.

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