The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Ninth murder in regime-held areas | Civilian accused of “practicing sorcery” killed in Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor province: SOHR activists have reported that two unidentified gunmen on a motorbike intercepted a civilian accused of “practicing sorcery” in Al-Joura neighbourhood in Al-Dahiyah area in Deir Ezzor, which is controlled by regime forces, where one of the gunmen shot him dead.

This murder, which is the ninth in regime-held areas in April, comes as a part of the escalating security chaos throughout Syria, particularly in areas under the control of the Syrian regime.

The Syrian Observatory has documented 49 murders in regime-controlled areas since early 2022, where domestic violence and armed robbery were behind some of these murders while motivations behind the others remained unknown. These murders left 13 children, seven women and 29 men dead. The fatalities are distributed regionally as follows:

• A young lady and two men in Damascus.

• Two little boys, two little girls, an old man, a woman and five men in Rif Dimashq.

• Two men and two women in Tartus.

• Three men, a baby and two ladies in Hama.

• A young woman, a little girl, a little boy, a baby and eight young men in Al-Suwaidaa.

• Three men and a young man in Deir Ezzor.

• A baby and a man in Aleppo.

• Two men and three children in Daraa.

• A man and a little girl in Homs.