In conjunction with preparing a new convoy, Jaysh Al-Islam members shoot at a delegation of the regime entered with Russian soldiers and journalists to Douma city
Rif Dimashq province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from several sources in Douma city that there was shootout in the city, in conjunction with the preparations of buses to depart from the city towards the Syrian north, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, tens of supports of the regime entered in the accompany of “reconciliation” delegation into Douma city and raised the internationally recognized Syrian flag and shouted slogans supporting the regime. They were accompanied by Russian journalists and Russian forces with their vehicles, provoking Jaysh Al-Islam fighters, who were being prepared to depart Douma, which led the fighters to open fire of their guns at the group, leaving several persons injured. Russian journalists are expected to be among the injured. The delegation left Douma immediately heading towards the regime areas of presence in the camp of Al-Wafdin.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published that it monitored resentment among the civilians and families of the abductees captured by Jaysh Al-Islam, who were abducted late 2013 during an attack by Jaysh Al-Islam and other factions including ISIS on Adra Al-Ommaliyyah area located east of the eastern Ghouta of Damascus and managed to capture about 9 thousand persons. Jaysh Al-Islam took about 3500 abductees of them. The abductees were taken to prisons of Jaysh Al-Islam in Douma, which is the main stronghold of Jaysh Al-Islam in Syrian. In the details obtained by the SOHR, the families were angry at the regime authorities after the media of the regime and its allies announced the full evacuation of abductees, whose numbers haven’t exceeded 200 persons, from the prisons of Jaysh Al-Islam and that the issue of the abductees and captures in Douma has completely ended after the “full evacuation of abductees”, which prompted the families to demand for clarification about the fate of more than 3000 persons didn’t get out and their fate is still unknown.
The sources confirmed to the Observatory that the people accused the regime authorities of abandoning their sons in return for the speeding up of the displacement of fighters of Jaysh Al-Islam and their families and civilians refusing the agreement between Jaysh al-Islam on one hand and the Russians and representatives of the regime forces on the other on the 8th of April 2018. Abductees told the SOHR sources that thousands of abductees were transferred to prisons of Jaysh Al-Islam and distributed to different prisons by Jaysh Al-Islam, noting that tens of the abductees were released in previous deals, while some others remained captured in the prisons of Jaysh Al-Islam until the mid of 2017. The families are angry because the regime ended the issue of the release in return for speeding up the evacuation of Jaysh al-Islam and their families and civilians refusing the agreement from Douma. The families said that the regime had earlier abandoned captured members of the regime in return for releasing the abductees of Hezbollah and Iranians and Afghani members of the regime’s allied militiamen captured by the factions.