Having asked for divorce | Regime soldier kills three of his wife’s family and shot himself
Regime authorities fail to apply Decree No. 51 stipulating withdrawal weapons from civilians
Proliferation of arms among pro-regime individuals, military personnel and combatants in regime-controlled areas across Syria continues to pose a threat to the safety and lives of Syrian civilians, especially since regime and Iran-backed militiamen tour residential areas with their weapons, even after the end of their shifts.
Meanwhile, security authorities have failed so far to find a workable solution for this rampant phenomenon which has led to many murders and triggers civilians’ panic.
Legislative Decree no. 51 of 2001 punishing everyone possessing unlicensable military weapons or their ammunitions by imprisoning them for three up to six years, as well as imposing a fine of 10,000 to 50,000 Syrian liras.
The decree also punishing everyone possessing unlicensable military guns or their ammunitions by imprisoning them for two up to five years, as well as imposing a fine of 5,000 to 25,000 Syrian liras.
Regime-affiliated media outlets have been underrating crimes committed in regime-controlled areas, portraying them as if they are common incidents without showing or discussing the reasons behind these crimes, while most of the victims of these crimes are civilians.
In this context, a horrific crime took place yesterday, September 7, in Wadi Al-Shater neighbourhood in Tartus city on the Syrian coastline. According to sources, a regime soldier known as “Ali Ahmed Al-Ali” stormed the house of his wife’s family, killing three members of the family with an AK-47 riffle.
The story started when the soldier’s wife left the house with her children and stayed in her family’s house, as she suffered from frequent disagreements and disputes with her husband. The wife started to file a divorce, despite diligent efforts by the wife’s family to mediate between the couple.
Yesterday, the soldier, who was in his military uniform and carrying his military weapon, stormed the house of her wife’s family. The wife felt panic and hurried to hide with her sister and son when the soldier arrived their home. As soon as the wife’s father, who was called “Mohamed” and aged 50, opened the door, the soldier shot him dead in cold blood. The man also chased his wife’s mother “Fadwa Saqr,” who went up to the roof, attempting to hide, and also shot her dead, before shooting the wife’s 17-year-old brother “Ali Al-Mahmoud” who sustained serious injuries and died later in the hospital.
SOHR sources have reported that the soldier was found dead, after he shot himself with the same weapon. The man was buried today in Zahed cemetery in Wadi Al-Shater in Tartous city.
We, at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), strongly condemn this horrific crime, stressing that the major reason behind it is the predominance and authoritarianism which is at the heart of the regime military personnel’s policy. SOHR also confirms that the support and protection which military personnel receive, even in the case that they are “nominally” brought to justice, increase their predominance and encourage them to commit more violations. The circumstances of yesterday’s crime enhance this fact, as the soldier committed the murder while he was wearing his military uniform and carrying his military weapon which he had received from his military command.
Overall, crimes have been escalating in areas under the control of the Syrian regime in light of the security vacuum which prevails in these areas. A worrying number of murders, kidnaps, thefts, arbitrary arrests and other violation has documented recently, while regime security services seem indifferent to put an end to these crimes and violations.