المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Lists of about 1000 people wanted for reserve service in regime’s army arrive in the southern countryside of Hama after about seven months of displacing thousands of its population towards the Syrian north

As happened before in the areas where “reconciliation and settlement” took place, which led to restoring control by the regime forces over these areas, such as in the Eastern Ghouta and Rif Dimashq in general, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the Syrian regime has sent in a short period of time -no more than 40 days- lists of hundreds of names of people wanted for the “reserve service” in regime’s army, within areas of the “reconciliations and settlements” in the southern countryside of Hama, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory from reliable sources there: the Syrian regime launched a large and continuous operation since mid-November 2018, the aim of which is to take hundreds of young men and men to the “reserve service” from the southern countryside of Hama, and the sources added that the lists exceeded 1000 names since the start of the operation until now, and they were concentrated in the villages and towns of Talab, Jarjisiyyeh, Hirbnafsah, Aqrab, Deir al-Fardis, Taqsis, and al-Tlul al-Homr, the sources added that the largest proportion of those wanted for the reserve service were of those who refused to be displaced in May 2018, and chose to carry out “settlement and reconciliation” to stay in their towns and villages, also the same sources told the Syrian Observatory that resentment prevails areas of the “reconciliations” south of Hama because of these lists, also, those wanted for the reserve service are forced to pay large amounts of money to postpone their enlistment date, in an attempt to migrate to other countries out of fear of joining regime’s army, thus, the Syrian regime has contributed mainly in a new process of displacement that is not different of the previous ones, which pushed the citizens to displace to the Syrian north, and this operation coincides with continuous violations by regime’s security services and intelligence in the southern countryside of Hama of continuous raids and arbitrary arrests, as well as looting and imposing royalties by the Shabia of the regime.

The Syrian Observatory published on the 17th of September 2018 that since last May 2018, the date of the displacement of more than 35000 civilians, fighters, and their families; the north of Homs and south of Hama are witnessing the excesses of the Syrian security forces and forces of the regime and the gunmen loyal to them in the cities, towns and villages of both countryside, these excesses of guarantees provided by the Russians to reach a displacement agreement that ends hostilities in both areas in central Syria, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the arrests of tens of ex-fighters who carried out a “settlement and reconciliation” with the regime, after refusing to leave on the displacement buses; which were transferred those who rejected the agreement towards the Syrian north, and the sources confirmed that the recent weeks have witnessed significant violations in north of Homs and south of Hama, where the regime forces occasionally break their vows with factions of both areas, by arresting former faction members in these areas, despite their settlement of their situations, and despite the transforming factions that used to fight the regime in the northern countryside of Homs, to forces of regime’s intelligence branches, and transferring their fighters to fronts of the eastern countryside of Homs, the northern countryside of Hama, and Deir Ezzor desert.

These continuous arrests by the regime forces against former fighters, were accompanied by arrests of civilians and coincided with thefts, looting, and stealing by the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, where they looted jewelry and money  with no party to hold them accountable, as happened in many of the areas that were controlled by the regime forces on Syrian territory, whether by military operations or displacements and “reconciliation “, and what made the discontent of citizens increase is the concerns of the area’s residents from regime’s disapproval of the return of about 2500 employees who were fired during previous years of their work in the secretariats of the civil registry, courts, and colleges, also the concerns have increased after the regime filled these vacancies during the past years -after the dismissal of staff- with temporary staff of families of its members and casualties, while the dismissed staff members of the regime forces are afraid that the regime may make the temporary staff permanent and prevent them from returning to their jobs for which they have been denied, although the return of staff was one of the terms of the agreement reached between representatives of Homs and between the Russians and the regime.

The sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the regime has appointed 500 teachers of families of its casualties and families of its members and injured ones; in schools in the northern countryside of Homs and southern countryside of Hama, including tens of female teachers, and local sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory in the past weeks that the fears are increasing among those who chose to stay and not to go out on the displacement buses towards Afrin area and Idlib Province, as the regime and its forces are increasingly interfering in these areas, of which Russia had given prior guarantees that the regime forces will not enter it, but the successive excesses of Russian guarantees has provoked fear of arresting civilians, defected people, or ex-fighters, who chose the “settlement and reconciliation” with the regime,  and what increased the tension is people’s fear -in the areas where the displacement took place in the northern countryside of Homs and southern countryside of Hama- from arresting their young men by the regime forces, for those who are within the required age and taking them to conscription.

The Syrian Observatory published in May 2018 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the departure of buses of those which entered al-Sama’lil Crossing in the northern countryside of Homs a few hours ago, where it rose to 35000, the number of people displaced of fighters and civilians from the southern countryside of Hama and the northern countryside of Homs, they were transferred on board of 9 batches to Idlib province, Afrin area and the northeastern countryside of Aleppo.

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