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     Syrian regular forces and security services continue to arrest and recruit young men from southern Damascus, to drag them into Idlib’s upcoming battle, in violation of the so-called "settlement/reconciliation agreement" signed between the two after the Regime forces’ full control over the entire region in May 2018.      Qais al-Shami[1], a media activist, told STJ on 11 September 2018, that the security service agents of Palestine Branch[2] at "Sidi Meqdad" checkpoint arrested some 30 youths, from all southern Damascus areas for unknown reasons, between 15 May...
      Syrian security forces still prevent Eastern Ghouta young men from leaving accommodation centers, established during the last military campaign[1] against Eastern Ghouta in March 2018, besides investigating and arresting dozens, according to testimonies obtained by STJ.       Eastern Ghouta IDPs are distributed on seven accommodation centers in Damascus and its surroundings, which are supervised mainly by the Air Force Intelligence Branch agents along with forces affiliated to other security services including the Military Intelligence and the Political Security Directorates. There are: 8,000 IDPs in the “schools center”, Adra, 19,000 in...
Introduction It’s impossible for Ahmed to forget the appalling sight of the bodies thrown near him in the same cell. They were left for days before having a mass burial in the prison yard. That was a horrible experience Ahmed went through during his detention at Aleppo Central Prison in July 2013, witnessing a slaughter of 35 inmates. He couldn’t imagine something like this to happen! On the charge of financing terrorism, Ahmed spent 6 years in custody moving among security branches. That was confirmed to STJ by Ahmed[1] personally: