The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Asayish Forces release 18 citizen women out of 25 of those who were detained while calling to release their families of the members of Thowwar al-Raqqah Brigade who were detained days ago in a wide-scale security campaign against them

Al-Raqqah Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: a state of tension is prevailing Al-Raqqah city as a result of the detention of a number of citizen women and holding them in one of the security centers in Al-Raqqah, before releasing the most of them, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; about 25 citizen women with 7 of their children, were arrested while they were carrying out a sit-in in front of a prison in the area of Al-Sawami’ in the vicinity of Al-Raqqah city, demanding the release of their families of the members of Thowwar al-Raqqah Brigade, where this prison includes tens of detainees of the members of this Brigade, tens of whom were released in the past few days, but the forces presented in the vicinity of the prison requested the support of Asayish Forces which came and arrested 25 women of those who were located in the place, with 7 children who were with them, and detained them in one of their headquarters in the area, then, and after mediations by several parties, they released at leas 18 women of them, while the others are still detained, and the families of the women who were detained confirmed that despite the presence of an American patrol near the place of detention, it did not interfered, where we in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights call on the Syria Democratic Forces and Asayish Forces to release the rest of detained citizen women immediately, stop detaining those who have opposite opinion or thought, an to release all the political detainees and the prisoners of conscience detained in SDF prisons and detention centers.

And the Syrian Observatory published on the 24th of June 2018, that about 5000 members of the security forces, the Syria Democratic Forces, and intelligence members arrived during the hours of last night to al-Raqqah, and surrounded the city and spread in its roads, public squares, and alleys, and then this morning they started to carry out raids, after which they have arrested more than 200 members of Thowwar al-Raqqah Brigade, after carrying out raids on headquarters and houses inside al-Raqqah city and on its outskirts, while the raids and clashes resulted in the death of 4 fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces, while 7 others were injured in these clashes, while the Syria Democratic Forces justified its alert and curfew they imposed; by saying that they received information that sleeper cells have entered al-Raqqah city to launch an attack and carry out retaliatory operations inside the city and spread chaos, while this alert came after the series of targeting by unknown gunmen for the Syria Democratic Forces; inside al-Raqqah city, its surroundings and its countryside, through bombings and shootings that targeted their members, which killed and injured several them, while the Syrian Observatory published yesterday morning, Sunday, that Thowwar al-Raqqah Brigade issued a statement and the Syrian Observatory received a copy of it, it says:

“Our headquarters in al-Raqqah city and its surroundings are under a treacherous operation by the militia of SDF, during which SDF militia have surrounded our headquarters with members and heavily armed vehicles, we calling upon the International Coalition Forces and especially the United States of America to intervene immediately to stop this treacherous aggression, and we hold them fully responsible for any consequences caused by this operation, and we call upon our people in al-Raqqah to take a real and serious stand with their brothers in Thowwar al-Raqqah Brigade to stand up against SDF and against their repressive and oppressive practices.”, while the Syrian Observatory published on the 27th of May 2018 that areas in Al-Raqqah city have been witnessing tension between the Syria Democratic Forces supported by the International Coalition on one hand, and Liwaa Thowwar Al-Raqqah on the other, since today evening, Sunday the 27th of May 2018, amid mobilizations by each party in the area, accompanied by the sound of sporadic gunfire, amid a demonstration which went out in al-Rumaila neighborhood in the city, in an attempt to prevent the SDF from arresting a commander in Liwaa Thowwar Al-Raqqah, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the International Coalition’s forces have intervened to settle the ongoing dispute between the SDF and Liwaa Thowwar Al-Raqqah.