المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Jaysh al-Islam releases abductees and captives and the preparations of the rest of the displacement convoy are underway to depart to the Syrian north

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored Jaysh al-Islam releasing the abductees in Douma city in the Eastern Ghouta, where tens of abductees came out to areas of presence of the regime forces in an area in al-Wafddien camp, where most of them were abducted at the end of 2013 from Adra area in the Eastern Ghouta, during an attack by Jaysh al-Islam and other factions including the “Islamic State” organization –which executed prisoners and abductees of regime’s loyalists at the time–, and the Syrian Observatory monitored the rest of buses being prepared to depart the remaining fighters with their families and civilians who refused Douma agreement to the outskirts of the Eastern Ghouta, as a prelude to completing the convoy and beginning to go towards the Syrian north.

The Syrian Observatory published this morning that more than 1000 citizens broke in to warehouses of foodstuffs and fuel used to belong to Jaysh Al-Islam, and locals asserted to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the warehouses contain hundreds of tons of foodstuffs that were kept in Douma city, where the citizens took over food and fuel, after the siege imposed since 2013 on the area of the Eastern Ghouta, And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored yesterday, a demonstration included hundreds of residents of Douma city. The demonstrators called for the exit of Abu Abd Al-Rahman Al-Kaka from Douma. The demonstrators, who mob out in front of Abu Kaka house, who is the “General Sharia Official”, shouted “Douma is free, free and Al-Kaka is out”. The locals stressed their calls to find solution to stop the bloodshed of civilians, the SOHR also published on the 28th of March 2018 the reliable sources stressed that state of resentment prevailed in the protests that went out on the streets on Wednesday the 28th of March calling for preventing more destruction to the city, through continuing the negotiations and reaching an agreement with the aforementioned terms and releasing thousands of kidnapped and prisoners in Al-Touba prison and other prisons of Jaysh Al-Islam. While the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights received a copy of a circular issued by Jaysh al-Islam in written form, which was distributed through leaflets to the people in Douma, where Jaysh al-Islam talked about its decision to leave Douma completely after the “consulting the scholars and advisers”, and in response to popular pressure and the pressure of revolutionary institutions, as a result of a barbaric and intolerable bombardment, and that it is ready to serve those who wish to come out with it, wishing that those within the age of compulsory service to come out, because the regime required give them a six-month grace period and then calling them to serve the conscription service, and those who want to get out should start preparing for it, and for those who want to stay; the Chechen police will deploy in the vicinity of Douma, and the regime and its security branches are prevented from entering the city, and a committee will be formed to resolve the outstanding matters, while the people are given 6 months either to settle their situation or to leave the Eastern Ghouta, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from reliable sources that the agreement also provides for the return of school and university students to their educational institutions after settling the situation of the wanted ones, and reissuing identity papers for all those who lost their personal IDs during the past years, this will be carried out by coordinating with committees that will be formed for this purpose with the rehabilitation of the city and its infrastructure.

And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published during the past hours that in the coming hours, more abductees and captives by Jaysh al-Islam are expected to be released in conjunction with the exit of more buses from the Eastern Ghouta, in the framework of implementing the agreement reached and started to be carried out yesterday, Sunday, the 8th of April 2018, while resentment prevails among the relatives of the abductees and captives, because until now only one batch of abductees and captives was released while the busses were getting out yesterday, where they held a sit-in in the middle of Damascus, while buses preparing process continues in conjunction with the first entry of the Russian military police to Douma city, where the Russian delegation visited the place in which a massacre took place on Saturday in Douma city in the Eastern Ghouta, which left hundreds of casualties and wounded due to the shelling and suffocation caused by the recent bombardment on the last city for Jaysh al-Islam in the Eastern Ghouta.

The Syrian observatory had documented the death of 1745 citizens including 371 children and 229 women, who have been killed since the 18th of February 2018, by the aerial, rocket and artillery shelling on the cities and towns of Douma, Harasta, Arbin, Zamalka, Hamouriyah, Jesrin, Kafr Batna, Hazza, Ash’ari, Nashabiyah, Aftries, Otaya, Al-Shifonyyah, Al-Marj area, Mesraba, Madyara, Beit Sawa, and other areas in the besieged Ghouta of Damascus, resulted in the injury of more than 6000 citizens including hundreds of children and citizen women with varying severity, some of them have permanent disabilities, while the bodies of tens of citizens are still under the rubble of destruction caused by the aerial, rocket and artillery shelling by the regime forces on the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, and the total death toll documented by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, includes 1213 casualties including 230 children and 146 women who were killed and documented by the SOHR after the resolution of the UNSC, which failed again to stop the killing of the people of the Eastern Ghouta, and the shelling resulted in the fall of hundreds of wounded.

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