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On October 15, 2018, Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham/HTS and other Islamic brigades conducted a massive raid and arrest operation in the village of Ein Laruz, Idlib, which ended with the death of an elderly man and the arrest of 13 other persons, who have been accused of being involved and responsible for kidnappings, thefts and detonation of improvised explosive devices, according to testimonies obtained by Syrians for Truth and Justice/STJ. On October 15, 2018, a resident from the village of Ein Laruz, on the condition of anonymity, informed STJ of the following: “HTS stormed...
Introduction: The kidnapping and killing of civilians in the provinces of Idlib and Hama have been recently on the increase particularly in August and September 2018. Insecurity and the absence of checkpoints on the entrances and exits of the cities and towns have led significantly to the rise of such incidents.     At least 25 kidnapping cases were reported in August and September 2018, mostly for ransom. The recent insecurity in both provinces caused panic among the population and led to a public disapproval. People feel unsafe because the armed opposition groups cannot control...
While October the 15th, 2018, happens to be the International Day of Rural Women, the Syrian rural women do not have much to celebrate, as they continue to be marginalized, ignorant of their rights and coerced to make a living in a poor working environment for fewer wages than those granted to their male counterparts; in this environment, they are offered protection neither from harassment nor many other intimidations, such as the never-ending threat of dismissal. On Rural Women’s Day, Syrians for Truth and Justice/STJ monitored a few aspects of the conditions encompassing the working environments...