The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Since early 2024 | SOHR documents 113 kidnappings with Homs topping the list

Regime-held areas have become a hotbed for gunmen and gangs that carry out kidnappings, thefts, robberies and extortion to obtain money by force. These actions have become the most major source of fear and panic for residents who have been unable to avoid the danger posed by these gangs, while regime forces have not taken serious action to end their presence.

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented 113 kidnappings in 2024, where Homs city comes in the top of the list with 53 cases, followed by Daraa province and Al-Suwaidaa.

 

Here is a regionally distribution of kidnapping operations since the beginning of 2024:

 

  • Homs: 53 people.

 

  • Daraa: 43 people, including a child.

 

  • Al-Suwaidaa: 18 people.

 

Since early June, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the kidnapping of five people, including a woman, as well as, two armed robberies, they are as follows:

 

  • Al-Suwaidaa: Two incidents: an armed robbery and the kidnapping of a jeweler.

 

  • Daraa: Two incidents: an armed robbery and the kidnapping of a civilian who was released later, after having paid a ransom.

 

  • Homs: Two incidents: four people were kidnapped, including a woman who was kidnapped while she was returning back from Lebanon.